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Indian Grey Mongoose

Interesting Facts: Indian Grey Mongoose are also known as: Common Grey Mongoose Indian Gray Mongoose Common Gray Mongoose.

Main Characteristics: Indian Grey Mongoose have a body length between 36 and 45 cms (14 - 18 inches), a tail length of approximately 35 cms (14 inches) and they weigh between 0.9 and 1.8 kgs (2 - 4 lbs). They are grizzled grey in colour with a paler underside.

Habitat: Indian Grey Mongoose can be found in a variety of habitats including grasslands, scrub, cultivated areas and bushy vegetation, in southern Asia.

Diet: Indian Grey Mongoose mainly feed on rodents, lizards, snakes, birds, insects, eggs and fruits.

Breeding: Indian Grey Mongoose can produce up to 3 litters per year and after a gestation period of 60 - 65 days they give birth to a litter of 2 - 4 young.

Predators: Leopards are known predators of Indian Grey Mongoose.

Subspecies: Subspecies of the Indian Grey Mongoose include: Herpestes edwardsi edwardsi, Herpestes edwardsi ferrugineus, Herpestes edwardsi lanka, Herpestes edwardsi montanus and Herpestes edwardsi nyula.

Latin Name Herpestes edwardsi
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South Asia
Colour Grey
Length 36 - 45 cms (14 - 18 inches)
Tail 35 cms (14 inches)
Weight 0.9 - 1.8 Kgs (2 - 4 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 15 Yrs (in Captivity)

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