Ruddy Mongoose have a body length between 39 and 47 cms (15.3 - 18.5 inches), a tail length between 33 and 36 cms (13 - 14.2 inches) and they weigh between 0.95 and 1.85 kgs (2 - 4 lbs).
They are dark brown in colour with black and white speckling throughout their coat. Around their head and shoulders their coat has a reddish tint and they have a black tip on their tail.
Ruddy Mongoose can be found in the hill forests of India and Sri Lanka.
Ruddy Mongoose feed on rodents, lizards, snakes and carrion.
Subspecies of the Ruddy Mongoose include:
Herpestes smithii smithii
Herpestes smithii thysanurus
Herpestes smithii zeylanius
Little is known about the behaviour of the Ruddy Mongoose.
Indian Brown Mongoose
Indian Grey Mongoose
Small Asian Mongoose