CRAB-EATING MONGOOSE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: A large mongoose, only slightly smaller than the Stripe-necked Mongoose, the Crab-eating Mongoose has a coat that varies from grey to dark brown with individual hairs being ringed black and white, giving it a grizzled appearance. It has a broad white stripe on its neck, starting from its cheeks and progressing past its chest. The throat is conspicuously paler. The yellowish brown muzzle has a flesh-coloured nose pad with a deep groove on it. The ears are short and rounded, and the eyes have a yellowish brown iris. The limbs are dark, the soles of its hind feet are hairy, and all feet have clawed digits that have a shallow webbing. The tail is two-thirds the length of its head and body, and has a paler  more rufous tip.

BEHAVIOUR: Very aquatic, the Crab-eating Mongoose hunts for fish, crabs, snails and frogs adeptly.

DISTRIBUTION: From the Dooars of northern West Bengal up to north–east India.

HABITAT: Stream banks, swamps, paddy fields and moist deciduous forests. Not commonly found near human habitation. Not a species of the hills, but found rarely (up to 2,000 m).

 Size: 45–50 cm

IUCN  Status: Least Concern


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