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Stripe-Necked Mongoose

Stripe-Necked Mongoose
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Stripe-Necked Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)
Stripe-Necked Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)




Latin Name Herpestes vitticollis
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South Asia
Colour Brown/Grey
Length 43 - 53 cm (17 - 20.8 inches)
Tail 30 - 32 cm (11.8 - 12.6 inches)
Weight 1.3 - 2.7 Kgs (2.9 - 6 lbs)
Life Expectancy

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Main Characteristics

Stripe-Necked Mongoose are the largest mongoose species in Asia. They have a body length between 43 and 53 cms (17 - 20.8 inches), a tail length between 30 and 32 cms (11.8 - 12.6 inches) and they weigh between 1.3 and 2.7 kgs (2.9 - 6 lbs). They have a stout build and short legs.

They are brown to grizzled grey in colour and they have a black stripe on both sides of their neck. Their tail is mainly black with grey colouration at the base.

Habitat

Stripe-Necked Mongoose can be found in forested areas of southern India and Sri Lanka. They prefer areas close to a water source.

Diet

Stripe-Necked Mongoose feed on rodents, frogs, crabs, hares, birds and reptiles.

Subspecies

Subspecies of the Stripe-Necked Mongoose include:

Herpestes vitticollis inornatus
Herpestes vitticollis vitticollis

Interesting Facts

Stripe-Necked Mongoose are also known as:
Striped-Necked Mongoose

Little is known about the behaviour of the Stripe-Necked Mongoose.

Similar Animals

Crab-Eating Mongoose
Egyptian Mongoose
Indian Brown Mongoose
Indian Grey Mongoose
Long-Nosed Mongoose
Ruddy Mongoose
Short-Tailed Mongoose
Small Asian Mongoose

 


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