Mongoose, any of nearly three dozen species of small bold predatory carnivores found mainly in Africa but also in southern Asia and southern Europe.Mongooses are noted for their audacious attacks on highly venomous snakes such as king cobras.The 33 species belong to 14 genera. Meet the real predator behind the fictional Rikki-tikki-tavi. In ancient Mesopotamia, mongooses were sacred to the deity Ningilin, who was conflated with Ningirima, a deity of magic who was invoked for protection against serpents. The most common and probably best-known are the 10 species of the genus Herpestes, among which are the … The mongoose was a sacred animal in ancient Egypt. Description of the Mongoose. For the most part, these mammals are small, weasel-like creatures with pointed snouts and long bodies.Some species are quite small, like the common dwarf mongoose that weighs in at a hefty 11 ounces.
Social groups of mongeese appear to share food and help each other out in difficult times. Hear the tales of mongoose populations under pressure, and others that have threatened to wipe out native species. Mummified mongooses are often found in tombs and the image of a mongoose is common on burial urns. A group of mongeese is known by several names, including a mob, gang, pack, and troop.
According to a Babylonian popular saying, when a mouse fled from a mongoose into a serpent's hole, it announced, "I bring you greetings from the snake-charmer!" A creature resembling a mongoose also appears in Old Babylonian glyptic art, but its significance is not known. There are 29 different species of this feisty animal, and 34 members of the mongoose family Herpestidae.