Meerkats unlike there name suggests, they do not belong to the cat family. The in fact belong to a classification called mammals, however their species actually belong to the mongoose family. They live in small “mobs” or “clans” that usually consist of about 20 individuals, however some families can grow to be as big as 40 individuals!, some can even have 50!!.In the wild meerkats have a life span of roughly 6-7 years. But if they are kept in captivity they can live to be 12-14 years old. The male meerkat will on average weigh 731grams and the females will usually weigh 721grams.
Meerkats, at the end of each of their fingers they have got a curved claw. This claw unlike a cats claw, is not retractable. The claws size is 2cm big, it is however very strong, as they need this claw to help them dig burrows in the strong ground. They also use these claws to help the dig out their meals. As well as, with the help of their strong hind legs, lets them climb up trees.
Meerkats can, and willl quite often eat: snakes,scorpions, some lizards, plants, ants ( only if they are very hungry), spiders, smaller mammals, centipedes and milipedes. Meerkats are immune to the venom of the scorpions that live in the Kalahari desert . Also meerkats have got to forage for food every day so that they can keep up their energy. This is because they have no excess body fat stores.