They like to lie quietly in the early morning either on
the ground or on fallen logs close to their shelters. Their
permanent shelters may be a burrow deep underground, often
with its entrance disguised by a rock pile or heap of vegetable
refuse. They use temporary shelters if alarmed while far
from home: the alarm call is first given by a male stationed
at a vantage point, and is then echoed among the troop.
They include snakes in their diet, attacking and killing
them in a communal effort. They break open birds eggs by
holding the egg in their forelegs, then catapulting it backwards
between their hindlegs onto a rock, much in the way that
the Banded Mongoose does. Mongoose also feed on insects,
reptiles and small mammals.
They are diurnal, seldom moving out of their holes until
the sun is well up, and retiring to their burrows before
sunset. They are not seen in cold, rainy or overcast weather.