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Mongoose, small carnivorous mammal with a reputation for killing snakes and stealing eggs. There are about 48 species occupying a variety of habitats around the Mediterranean, in Africa, and in southern Asia. Most are diurnal, feeding on lizards, snakes, eggs, and other small mammals. Mongooses generally resemble weasels.

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