Common Mongoose ( Herpertes edwards )
Mongoose is characterized by distributed features like long body
short limbs a long bushy tail and bright beady eyes , They have
small ears forming a small semicircle close to the head it has also
got manifold ears opening a natural protection against duster .|
Mongoose in India are frequently exhibited by wondering snake
charmers and are familiar to most of the people in India ,The
Mongoose eats vegetable food and have a preference for meat having
predator instincts , which turns them into a good hunter this is
shown in the structure of the teeth of Mongoose, which are
compressed blades for cutting meet their manner of hunting is
distinctive on account of their predatory instinct mongoose are good
hunter and preys on frogs , crabs, lizard , mice, snakes etc.
While invariably roots and berries also are part of their meal
although prefers meet . Cats and civets hunt by teeth and they take
their prey by crafty approach for by pouncing up on it .
The method of the mongoose is a direct open and had long attack its
prey and mongoose goes for it but if the distance is too far before
pouncing , It stalk for a sufficiently near approach or follow its
query by sent.
A mongoose may trail it to its burrow and on entering digs its
victim out . Its pointed head , small ears , lissome body and short
legs are well suited to give the mongoose easy entry, Mongoose are
capable of killing of the deadly cobra , while excited it's hair
bristles and give it a larger appearance. On excitement and blood
thirsty ness they kill a bigger than their requirement .
For single genius Herpestis has spread from Africa to Spain and the
southern part of Asia . Six species of the genus inhabit of southern
Asia , All of them are found in India .
Generally Mongoose have length of 70
Cms, and body weight approx 1.5 Kgs, There food menu is termites,
frogs, eggs, mice, fruits, roots, scrubs etc. Life span of
Mongoose is 3- 5 years