About Mongoose

Mongooses are primarily found in Africa, their range covering most of the continent. Some species occupy parts of southern Asia and the Iberian Peninsula. They are generally terrestrial mammals, but some are semi-aquatic, and others are at home in the treetops.

Ranging in size from the 7-inch-long dwarf mongoose to the 2-foot-long Egyptian mongoose; these sleek mammals have long bodies with short legs and tapered snouts.

They normally have brown or gray grizzled fur, and a number of species sport striped coats or ringed tails.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Mongooses

Scientific Nam: Herpestidae

Type: Mammals

Diet: Carnivores

Average life span in captivity: 20 years

Size: Head and body, 7 to 25 in; tail, 6 to 21 in

Weight: Up to 11 lbs


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