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Crab-Eating Mongoose

Crab-Eating Mongoose Range Map (Asia)
Crab-Eating Mongoose Range Map (Asia)

Latin Name Herpestes urva
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Asia
Colour Grey
Length 45 - 50 cm (17.7 - 19.7 inches)
Tail 25 - 30 cm (9.8 - 12 inches)
Weight 1.8 - 2.3 Kgs (4 - 5 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Crab-Eating Mongoose have a body length between 45 and 50 cms (17.7 - 19.7 inches), a tail length between 25 and 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches) and they weigh between 1.8 and 2.3 kgs (4 - 5 lbs).

They are grizzled grey in colour and they have a white stripe that runs from the corners of their mouth, down the sides of their neck to their shoulder. They are excellent swimmers and are active at night.


Crab-Eating Mongoose can be found in south and south east Asia.


Crab-Eating Mongoose feed on crabs, fish, snails, frogs, rodents, birds, reptiles and insects.


Subspecies of the Crab-Eating Mongoose include:

Herpestes urva annamensis
Herpestes urva formosanus
Herpestes urva sinensis
Herpestes urva urva

Interesting Facts

Little is known about the behaviour of the Crab-Eating Mongoose.

Similar Animals

Collared Mongoose
Indian Brown Mongoose
Indian Grey Mongoose
Long-Nosed Mongoose
Ruddy Mongoose
Short-Tailed Mongoose
Small Asian Mongoose
Stripe-Necked Mongoose


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