Scientific Name: Suricata suricatta
Habitat: semi-arid, open, hard or stony ground
Diet: insects, arachnids, small reptiles
Life span: 12 years
Young: 2 to 4 young per litter
Size: 0.73 kg (1.6 lbs)
Meerkats are members of the mongoose family who live in colonies of up to 30 animals. They all have different jobs: babysitter, teacher and hunter. Meerkats have some immunity to venom, which allows them to eat scorpions. Look for the dark markings around their eyes. These markings help reduce the sun's glare.
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