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striped necked mongoose

Herpestes vitticollis


The stripe-necked mongoose is the largest of the Asiatic mongooses. It has a stout body set on short legs. It is easily distinguished by the black stripe that runs laterally on both sides of its neck. The body coloration is a rusty brown to grizzled grey. The relatively short tail is mostly black, with grey at the base.


This mongoose species is more diurnal in habits. They prefer forested areas near a fresh water source. They are often found in swamps and rice fields.


I have seen the stripe-necked mongoose feed on frogs, crabs and reptiles.

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Spotted on May 6, 2010
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012

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