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Mongooses bear a striking resemblance to mustelids, having long faces and bodies, small, rounded ears, short legs, and long, tapering tails.


There are 33 species of mongoose they resemble weasels and ferrets.

Mongoose Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae

Mongoose in Foreign Languages:

Czech: mangusta

Dutch: mangoeste
Estonian: mangust
mungo, mangusti
French: mangouste
German: Manguste, Mungo
Hungarian: mongúz
Indonesian: musang
Italian: mangusta
Japanese: mangusu
Lithuanian: mangusta
Malay: cerpelai
Navajo: dlo´'ii yil aheelt'éhígíí
Portuguese: mangusto, fuinha
Romanian: mangusta
Russian: mangúst
Spanish: mangosta
Swahili: nguchiro
Swedish: mungo
Turkish: firavun faresi, kuyruksüren

Size: Mongoose measure 7 to 25 inches long and have a tail that measures 6 to 21 inches long. Mongooses weigh between 12 oz to 11 lbs. The dwarf mongoose is the smallest mongoose species while the Egyptian mongoose is the largest of the mongoose species.


Conservation Status: Some Species are Threatened

Habitat: MMongooses live in southern Asia, Africa, and southern Europe, as well in Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and Hawaiian islands, where they are an introduced species.

Description: Mongoose have long sleek bodies, long narrow heads, short legs, and tapering tails. Mongoose have a brown or gray grizzled fur coat. A number of mongoose species sport striped coats or ringed tails.

Behavior: Mongoose are usuallly terrestrial mammals, but some are semi-aquatic while other species spend time in trees.

Diet: Mongoose are omnivores. Mongoose eat small animals such as rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, and worms. Mongoose will also occasionally eat fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Did You Know?

A Mongoose can make a high-pitched noise, known as ‘giggling’, when mating.

Birth: Female mongoose have one litter of pups per year. The litter contains up to 4 pups. The mongoose pups are weaned at 6 weeks of age, and will begin foraging.

Life Span: Mongoose live 20 years in captivity. Mongoose live 7 to 12 years in the wild.

Did You Know?

Mongooses are unaffected by snake venom.

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