Crab-eating Mongoose Skull Replica measures 2.6 inches. Crab-eating Mongoose Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Herpestes urva is the scientific name. Our precise  skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva have long faces and bodies, small, rounded ears, short legs, and long, tapering tails. Most are brindled or grizzly; a few have strongly marked coats bearing a striking resemblance to mustelids.

Their non-retractile claws are used primarily for digging. Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva also have receptors for acetylcholine that, like the receptors in snakes, are shaped so that it is impossible for snake neurotoxin venom to attach to them.

The Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva is grey on the sides and dusky brown on neck, chest, belly and limbs. Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva have a broad white stripe on the sides of the neck extending from the cheeks to the shoulder.

Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva have white specks on the top of the head, its chin is white and its throat gray. Its iris is yellow. Its ears are short and rounded. It has webs between the digits.

Herpestes urva are usually active in the mornings and evenings, and were observed in groups of up to four individuals. They are  good swimmers, and hunt along the banks of streams and close to water. Despite their common name, their diet consists not only of crabs, but also just about anything else they can catch, including fish, snails, frogs, rodents, birds, reptiles, and insects.

Crab-eating Mongoose or Herpestes urva sense of smell and hearing are well developed, and it generally avoids encounters with humans. It is able to squirt a strong-smelling fluid from glands at the base of its tail as a form of defense.

Herpestes urva  is wide-ranging. Outside the region it occurs in Nepal, Bangladesh, parts of northern India and southern and eastern China (including Taiwan). In Southeast Asia it is to be found in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 2.6 in
Crab-eating Mongoose Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Herpestes
Species: H. urva
Binomial name: Herpestes urva
Conservation status: Least Concern


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