Water mongoose feeding midden

Water mongoose feeding midden

Observation - Water mongoose feeding midden - Southern Africa. Description: I found several piles of shells - near the river at the bases of riparian trees. The shells are of a freshwater bivalve. Sharon Louw tells me that the living bivalves are collected from the river by water mongooses. They bring them to the bank and then b

I found several piles of shells - near the river at the bases of riparian trees. The shells are of a freshwater bivalve. Sharon Louw tells me that the living bivalves are collected from the river by water mongooses. They bring them to the bank and then break the shells open by backing up against the tree and throwing the shells through their hind legs against the tree. Once open, they eat the contents. She has a video taken with a camera-trap showing a water mongoose breaking open and eating a mussel.

The larger shells are 120 to 140 mm long.