Generally forested areas near water.

Wild Diet

Insects, larvae, fresh water crabs, small reptiles, small rodents, fruits and berries.


Cusimanses are social animals, living in groups of 10-24 members made up of family units of adult pairs and their offspring. They are active during the day constantly wandering throughout their territories, foraging and creating temporary shelters for themselves. They dig in leaf litter and soil with their claws and snouts and overturn wood and stones to get at insects and larvae underneath or in shallow water for freshwater crabs.


Cusimanses can have 2-3 litters per year. They have an 8-week gestation period and produce between 2-4 offspring. The eyes of the young open at 12 days and they eat solid food at three weeks.



  • Latin Name: Crossarchus obscurus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Herpestidae
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
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