Pictures of meerkats.
Species: There is only one species of meerkat and it is the Suricatta meerkat. However, there are four subspecies.
Lifespan: Meerkats live to be about 10 years old when living int he wild, and 13 when in a zoo.
Size & Weight: The average meerkat is 12 inches long and weights only 2 lbs!
Habitat: Meerkats can be found in semi arid climate areas of southern Africa within the plains. They live in a system of burrows, tunnels, and chambers that keep them safe and cool.
Diet: Meerkats eat insects, eggs,small lizards, scorpions, rodents, snails and fruit.
Family Life: Meerkats are social animals and live in a matriachial society. This means that there is a dominant female that leads the group. Meerkats will work as a team to keep eachother safe by guarding and keeping lookout for predators and helping with eachothers young. When a female meerkat has her litter, she has to teach them how to catch food. She will even brink them live insects to that they learns to kill their prey.
Meerkats are able to eat some venomous snakes because thy have become immune to their venom!
Young meerkats are so afraid of a bird that may eat them, that even an airplane will make them run for shelter!