Meerkat

Suricata suricatta

Classification

Domain Eukarya: All the things that are in this domain have a nucleus in there cells and there multicelluar

kingdom Animal: the animals in the this kingdom are invertebrates or vertebrates.

phylum Chordata: the animals in this phylum have a complete digestive system.

sub-phylum Verberbrates: These animals have a backbone like fish or reptiles also birds

Class Mammalia: There about 5000 different specias in the kingdom class and meerkats one of them.

Order Carnivores: these animals eat other animals, on all major lands.

Family Herpestidae: this means mongooses there in the mongoose family. This means mongooses are like the meerkats

Genus Meerkat: Meerakts

Some More interesting facts

What are meerkats?

These small little creatures you might thing just eat leaves or berries, but no they are omnivores they might eat some fruits but they will eat birds and other small creatures not like big birds small birds, an example would be robins or bugs. They are small killing machines. A cool fact is that in a big group the meerkats have there own jobs. So some meerkats could be teaching the young while they other make home or get food. The dangerous job is watching for predators. so if one meerkats sees one they all stand up and make a circle and watch it until eat leaves they make a large roar so they know its here. They are so smart, they sleep in a big group so they can keep them selves warm.

Physical Adaptions

Meerkats have dark black circles around there eyes. There underbelly is pretty sparse. Meerkats are marked with 8 black lines on there back. Its fur is yellowish but with some black mixed in there. Its snout and and its ears are black. The tail yellowish with a black tip. They are pretty small, they are only about 17-24 inches tall. 1-2 punds (620-970 g)

Behavioral Adaptions

Some of the behavioral adaptions of meerkat is that they live in big packs. In these packs they are stronger and they can take on big predators together. Another one would be there sharp teeth they can get birds and other small creatures easily. They watch for other animals if something comes in range they lout a scream to warn the others

Habbitats

Its habitats are tropical and its Terrestrial habitat is dune or desert. They are found in areas of Savannah and open plains and their distribution depends on soil type. They are in portions of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique,. They live in dry places or with tall grass.

References

Animal diversity web. (2014). Retrieved from Animal diversity web website:
http://animaldiversity.org/

Burton, M. (2002). Meerkat. In International wildlife encyclopedia (3rd ed.,
Vol. 12, pp. 1595-1597). New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

Meerkats. (n.d.). Retrieved from National Geography website:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/meerkat/?source=A-to-Z

MeerKats. (n.d.). Retrieved from Cincinnati zoo website:
http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/animals/meerkat/