Mammals - Africaraw

Etosha National Park

Dwarf Mongooses (Helogale parvula), explores termite mound near Punda Maria Camp, South Africa.

Biology Note:- mongoose are resistant to paralysing snake neurotoxin. Normally nerve acetylcholine binds to a muscle receptor, like a key fits a lock, to activate the muscle. Snake neurotoxin also fits the lock, thus competing for the binding site and thus producing paralysis. This toxic binding does not occur in mongoose (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 89, 7717;1992)

Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvulaPunda Maria CampSouth Africa