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Small Asian Mongoose

Small Asian Mongoose
Photographer: J M Garg

Small Asian Mongoose Range Map (Asia)
Small Asian Mongoose Range Map (Asia)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Herpestes javanicus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Asia
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 25 - 41 cms (9.8 - 16.1 inches)
Tail 23 - 51 cms (9 - 20 inches)
Weight 0.4 - 0.7 Kgs (0.9 - 1.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

4 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Small Asian Mongoose are a small species of mongoose. They have a body length between 25 and 41 cms (9.8 - 16.1 inches), a tail length between 23 and 51 cms (9 - 20 inches) and they weigh between 0.4 and 0.7 kgs (0.9 - 1.5 lbs).


Small Asian Mongoose occur naturally throughout most of the southern mainland of Asia, from Iraq to China, and on the island of Java. They have been introduced to several Pacific islands, Caribbean islands, South America, Japan and Europe to help control the rodent and snake populations.


Small Asian Mongoose mainly eat insects but they also feed on crabs, frogs, spiders, scorpions, snakes, birds and eggs.


Small Asian Mongoose breed during the summer months. After a gestation period of approximately 49 days, between 1 and 5 youngsters are born.



Subspecies of the Small Asian Mongoose are:

Herpestes javanicus auropunctatus
Herpestes javanicus exilis
Herpestes javanicus javanicus
Herpestes javanicus orientalis
Herpestes javanicus pallipes
Herpestes javanicus palustris
Herpestes javanicus peninsulae
Herpestes javanicus perakensis
Herpestes javanicus rafflesii
Herpestes javanicus rubrifrons
Herpestes javanicus siamensis
Herpestes javanicus tjerapai

Interesting Facts

Small Asian Mongoose are also known as:
Indian Mongoose
Small Indian Mongoose
Javan Mongoose

Similar Animals

Collared Mongoose
Crab-Eating Mongoose
Egyptian Mongoose
Indian Brown Mongoose
Indian Grey Mongoose
Long-Nosed Mongoose
Ruddy Mongoose
Short-Tailed Mongoose


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