- Domain Eukarya: Includes organisms that are single or multicellular. Have a nucleus.
- Kingdom Animalia: These are organisms heterotrophs and mullticellular. They lack cell walls that plant cells have. Most of them are capable movement
- Phylum Chordata: They have bilateral symmetry, segmented body and muscles, and a ventral heart.
- Subphylum Vertebrata: These organisms have a digestive system and paired kidneys. Their movements are provided by muscles. Includes fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
- Class Mammalia: They have hair and mammary glands and can be found on all continents, oceans, and islands. In this class, organisms have the ability to produce milk by sweat glands by using their mammary glands.
- Order Carnivora: Have coats of fur that can be in various colors and patterns. The colors can be black, white, orange, yellow, red, gray, and brown. Their fur can be thick or sparse. They are long lived animals and live at least a decade. Organisms in the order Carnivora are medium sized animals.
- Family Herpestidae: This family includes smaller carnivores. Their claws are not retractable, are usually found brown or gray, and are small carnivores. The fur of these organisms are usually brown or gray and can also be striped.
- Genus Suricata: This genus only includes meerkat.
- Species: Suricata suricatta
- Height/Length: It can range from 25-35 cm long
- Weight: 720-731 g or 0.72-0.73 kg
- Color: It is light gray above, with thick, dark, reddish underfur. The belly has white sparse fur. The back is marked with about 8 black stripes and the tail is yellowish with a black tip.
- Natural range: They mainly in the tip of Africa in the savannas and open plains.
- Diet: Meerkats mainly eat insects. They will sometimes eat eggs or plant matter. They sometimes eat reptiles and birds.
- Habitat Description: They live dry sandy places and sometimes in rocky areas.
- Predators: The most feared predators that Meerkats have are hawks and eagles.
The color of the Meerkat's fur helps it blend into the sand.
Natural Range Map
The red part of the map shows where Meerkats are found in the world.
A Meerkat group is called a colony as shown in this picture.
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