In real life, meerkats are highly social animals that live in clans consisting of 10 to 30 family members. They feed mostly on insects and grubs but occasionally eat small reptiles and mammals. They are immune to the venom of scorpions and so also include them in their diets. They are expert diggers; a clan of meerkats is capable of constructing a vast network of burrows under the hard desert soil. Despite the name, the meerkat is not a member of the cat family.