Mongoose
  • Small, cat-like carnivore
  • Widely distributed in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and southern Europe
  • More than 30 species in existence
  • Feed on insects, crabs, earthworms, lizards, snakes, chickens, and rodents
  • Will also eat eggs and carrion
  • Some are known for their ability to fight and kill venomous snakes
  • It is illegal to import most species of mongooses in to the United States
  • Can be very destructive: while they kill vermon, they also destroy ground-based fauna and can have a significant impact on native species
  • Mongoose-snake fights are a common Asian road-side show
  • The plural of mongoose is mongooses