Brown Mongoose

Brown Mongoose (Herpestes fuscus) is a large and heavily built Mongoose seen in the forested areas of Western Ghats. The upper side of the body is blackish or dark brown, while the underside is brownish and paler than the upper side.

Body length is about 80 cm including tail. Its body weighs approximately 3 kg. Tail is two-third of the head-body length, and same color as the back. Coat has golden tips on the upper side, and paler on the under side. Brown Mongoose breeds in burrows, beneath rocks and tree roots, and the litter size is around three to four.

It can be spotted in the Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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