Herpestes javanicus (É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1818)

Bengal mongoose
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Description 1

A small mongoose with a thin body and short legs (50-67 cm long and 305-662 grams). Large head with a pointy snout and small ears that only stick out slightly from its hair. Robust tail at its base, which gradually gets narrower. Feet with 5 toes and large, sharp, non-retractable claws. Short, smooth, dark brown coloured hair with golden marks (lighter on the ventral area).

Biology 1

An omnivore with a varied and flexible diet, normally mammals, birds, herpetofauna, invertebrates and plants (a variable percentage depending on availability). It has two or three generations a year and there tends to be three offspring in each litter. Females reach sexual maturity at 10 months.

Habitat 1

Daytime, solitary habits, they survive in a large variety of types of habitats, from agricultural to coastal areas, riverbanks and wetlands, desert areas, etc. although they prefer to inhabit dry pastures and secondary vegetation from dense forests.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Mammals 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_mamiferos.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1817

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