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Indian Grey Mongoose

Indian Grey Mongoose
Photographer: J M Garg

Indian Grey Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)
Indian Grey Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)

Indian Grey Mongoose
Photographer: J M Garg

Two Young Indian Grey Mongoose
Two Young Indian Grey Mongoose
Photographer: Vinc3PaulS

Latin Name Herpestes edwardsi
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South Asia
Colour Grey
Length 36 - 45 cms (14 - 18 inches)
Tail 35 cms (14 inches)
Weight 0.9 - 1.8 Kgs (2 - 4 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 11 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Indian Grey Mongoose have a body length between 36 and 45 cms (14 - 18 inches), a tail length of approximately 35 cms (14 inches) and they weigh between 0.9 and 1.8 kgs (2 - 4 lbs). They are grizzled grey in colour with a paler underside.


Indian Grey Mongoose can be found in a variety of habitats including grasslands, scrub, cultivated areas and bushy vegetation, in southern Asia.


Indian Grey Mongoose mainly feed on rodents, lizards, snakes, birds, insects, eggs and fruits.


Indian Grey Mongoose can produce up to 3 litters per year and after a gestation period of 60 - 65 days they give birth to a litter of 2 - 4 young.


Leopards are known predators of Indian Grey Mongoose.


Subspecies of the Indian Grey Mongoose include:

Herpestes edwardsi edwardsi
Herpestes edwardsi ferrugineus
Herpestes edwardsi lanka
Herpestes edwardsi montanus
Herpestes edwardsi nyula

Interesting Facts

Indian Grey Mongoose are also known as:
Common Grey Mongoose
Indian Gray Mongoose
Common Gray Mongoose

Similar Animals

Collared Mongoose
Crab-Eating Mongoose
Egyptian Mongoose
Indian Brown Mongoose
Ruddy Mongoose
Short-Tailed Mongoose
Small Asian Mongoose
Stripe-Necked Mongoose


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