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Ruddy Mongoose

Ruddy Mongoose
Photographer: Kalyanvarma

Ruddy Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)
Ruddy Mongoose Range Map (S Asia)

Ruddy Mongoose
Photographer: Chris Hodges

Latin Name Herpestes smithii
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South Asia
Colour Brown
Length 39 - 47 cm (15.3 - 18.5 inches)
Tail 33 - 36 cms (13 - 14.2 inches)
Weight 0.95 - 1.85 kgs (2 - 4 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

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

Interesting Facts

Little is known about the behaviour of the Ruddy Mongoose.

Similar Animals

Collared Mongoose
Crab-Eating Mongoose
Egyptian Mongoose
Indian Brown Mongoose
Indian Grey Mongoose
Long-Nosed Mongoose
Small Asian Mongoose
Stripe-Necked Mongoose


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