You may be naturally inclined to think that mongooses are rodent but, think again! They actually come from the same family from where the meerkats and civets come. They are deadly foes of the slithery and repelling serpents and in a face off between the two, it is almost always, assured death of one.
There are some incredible mongoose versus snakes videos that you can catch on YouTube but here in this article, we are going to give you a list of facts about these incredible animals that possess hearts of steel and dare to stand against the deadly snakes that even humans are afraid of! So, let us begin with out list of 30 interesting mongoose facts but before that, some quick info:
Treetops, grasslands, deserts
Can be found in
Europe, Asia and Africa
20 miles per hour
Nearly 2 months
Number of pups in one litter
Weight during birth
Characteristics at birth
Hairless and blind
Get independent within
Around 10 months
Level of endangerment
Lions and eagles
6-10 years in wild and 20 years in captivity
Interesting Mongoose Facts: 1-5
1. Mongooses are mostly found in Africa, Iberian peninsula and Asia.
2. They are usually found on treetops, in deserts and in grasslands. Some can be found near water bodies as well.
3. There are around 20 genera and 34 species in which mongooses are categorized.
4. Their sizes varies with species. Some species may grow a meager 7 inches in length while some others can get as long as 2 feet.
5. They generally have gray or brown fur and some of the mongoose species show ringed tails and streaked coat.
Interesting Mongoose Facts: 6-10
6. These animals have very short limbs. They walk on their toes and hence, known as digitigrade.
7. They belong to the same family as civets. They appear like weasels but are not related to them at all. They are omnivorous animals.
8. It is generally known that some species of mongoose (especially Indian gray mongoose, H. edwardsi) attack venomous snakes but, did you know that Rikki-tikki-tavi, a mongoose from The Jungle Book (written by Rudyard Kipling) is probably the most famous in this category?
9. Mongooses have developed special ability. We all know that brains have neurotransmitters. Mongooses are no different. They have a particular neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine, the receptor of which has mutated in such a way that mongooses have became partially immune to snake venom.
10. When a snake bites a mongoose (even a cobra), the venom fails to bind to the receptors of acetylcholine. This means that muscles-nerve communication is not blocked and the venom bounces off the cells of the muscles.