Although a mostly nocturnal animal, the Egyptian weasel is also often seen in the day (2). While it has excellent eyesight and hearing, this weasel mainly utilises its acute sense of smell when foraging, as it hunts for a variety of small rodents, insects, fish and birds (2) (5). As an occupant of many human habitations, it will also scavenge in human refuse (2).
The Egyptian weasel male is territorial and solitary, marking the borders of its territory with urine and faeces. A female may live within the territory of a male, where she will construct a nest in a cavity, wall crevice or pile of rocks. The female gives birth to litters of between four and nine young, and can do so up to three times a year (2).