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Small Asian mongoose

Herpestes javanicus


This is a small and agile mongoose that's also known as the Javan gold-spotted mongoose. I was lucky to get any shots of it. It was darting around a mound of lava rocks in a well-visited park.


Its native range is in South Asia. It prefers dry forests and scrub lands and generally doesn't occur at altitudes higher than 3000 feet.


IUCN ranks the small Asian mongoose as one of the world's top 100 invasive species.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago
Indian Mongoose
Herpestes javanicus

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thanks for the confirmation of this little guy's ID, Joshua Asel.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 18, 2013

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