They are mainly diurnal, although some nocturnal activity
has been recorded. Insects form the major part of the yellow
mongooses diet, but they also eat mice, as well as birds
and birds' eggs. Predators of the yellow mongoose are birds
of prey, snakes and jackals.
Members of these species don't all look alike: in the warmer
north, the yellow mongooses are grey and have shorter hair
and tails, and smaller bodies, than their southern counterparts.
The northern form also lack the white tip to the tail.
Usually two young are born, in clean chambers of the burrow
system, with no bedding material.