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Crab-eating Mongoose, Herpestes urva

The crab-eating mongoose (Herpestes urva) is a mammal that can be found in east and Southeast Asia. Its range includes southern China, Nepal, Myanmar, and northeastern India, as well as areas Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. This species is active mainly at night, spending a good percentage of their time in water or near water and other moist areas. It is slender in appearance, with a short tail and hairy feet. Its fur is typically grey on the upper side and lighter on the underbelly. It bears a white stripe that extends from the cheeks to the chest. The diet of this species consists of many things, despite its name, including frogs, rodents, fish, snails, insects, and birds. The crab-eating mongoose appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Taxidermy exhibit in the Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology. Credit: Daderot/Wikipedia

Crab-eating Mongoose Herpestes urva