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Mongoose

Sleek, agile, and quick, the mongoose is famous for slaying venomous snakes. This small carnivore also devours rodents, reptiles, birds, insects — and can crack open eggs and nuts.

Some species are solitary. Others live in colonies and lead fascinating social lives: teaming up against predators, babysitting young, and communicating with complex calls. Get to know the real Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

BBC
Cobra vs. Mongoose

Cobra vs. Mongoose

The mongoose may be lightning-fast, but one bite from this cobra will end its life. Who will win this exciting battle? More...

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National Geographic
Malagasy Ring-Tailed Mongoose

Malagasy Ring-Tailed Mongoose

With chestnut fur and a ringed, bushy tail, this mongoose is a stunner. Check out photos, watch a video, and get to know this Madagascar native. More...

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Wildscreen ARKive
African Mongooses: New Carriers for Human Disease

African Mongooses: New Carriers for Human Disease

When wildlife and people share habitats, there’s a higher chance for disease transfer between species. Find out what dangerous pathogen Botswana’s banded mongoose carries. More...

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AMNH
Banded Mongoose

Banded Mongoose

Feuds with rival gangs, rolls in elephant dung, adorable pups, baby-stealing storks, and a fascinating relationship with warthogs . . . Life is never dull for the banded mongoose. More...

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BBC
Banded Mongoose Pups

Banded Mongoose Pups

Cute mongoose pups take their first steps outside the family den — and the adults make sure all the young are “marked.” Take a look. More...

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Animal Planet
Herpestidae: Mongooses

Herpestidae: Mongooses

Some mongoose species live in colonies, while others are solitary. Get more info and click on "Pictures" to see a variety of these small carnivores. More...

Article
Animal Diversity Web
Jigsaw Break: Mongoose

Jigsaw Break: Mongoose

How fast can you piece together a digital mongoose puzzle? Pick one of the given images or use your own. Work your way up to the extreme level: 256 pieces. More...

Game
Jigsaw Break
Mighty Mongoose

Mighty Mongoose

Still not convinced mongooses are tough as nails? See what happens when one is caught by a lion. More...

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National Geographic
Mongoose: Herpestidae

Mongoose: Herpestidae

Mongooses aren’t picky eaters. They feast on rodents, reptiles, birds, insects, and worms. Some species also eat fruits and nuts. Get more facts on these creative hunters. More...

Article
National Geographic
Mongooses

Mongooses

Did you know the meerkat is a mongoose? These social animals live in colonies, ruled by an alpha pair. Find out how they bond, babysit, and protect the troop from predators. More...

Article
Sheppard Software
Stork vs. Mongoose

Stork vs. Mongoose

A mongoose troop teams up to fight off 5-foot-tall Marabou storks, the largest wading birds in the stork family. Can they protect their young from these huge, relentless birds? More...

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National Geographic

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