Agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents.
Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Viverridae, especially the genus Herpestes. The Indian mongoose H. mungo is grayish in color and about 50 cm/1.5 ft long, with a long tail. It may be tamed and is often kept for its ability to kill snakes. The white-tailed mongoose Ichneumia albicauda of central Africa has a distinctive gray or white bushy tail.