Herpestes Mongooses in GURPS

Herpestes sp.

The mongooses of the genus Herpestes are tough, feisty, and agile little carnivores. They are most famous for their skill at killing venomous snakes, to whose venom they are partially resistant, but they are also predators of rodents, birds, fish, lizards, amphibians, and insects. Prey is killed by biting it on the neck on head. They are also known to dine on fruit and eggs. These mongooses are diurnal, and hunt in small groups consisting of a male and several related females. In many areas, these mongooses are kept as pets in order to control snakes, as well as rats and scorpions. Rudyard Kipling's character Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was a mongoose of the Herpestes genus, probably either an Indian gray or small Asian mongoose.

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