The Mongoose

Topics: Hawaii, Mongoose, Hawaiian Islands Pages: 2 (738 words) Published: May 3, 2012
James S Campbell
Earth Science
Investigation on invasive Species

The Mongoose is a small meat eating animals with very sleek bodies. The mongoose is a species of small carnivores from southern Eurasia and mainland Africa. There are 33 different species of the mongoose. The Mongoose can be found in abundance I South Asia and Africa. The body of the mongoose is weasel like, and has a long body and face. The ears on mongoose are very small and rounded. They have claws that always remain showing and can never be drawn back. Some species of the mongoose are nocturnal while some come out during the day and night.

The Mongoose was introduced to the Western hemisphere in the latter half of the 19 century to cure the solution of rodent purposes. This would continue to be its main use to solve the solution of any unwanted species on native communities. Also a main use of the mongoose was to check the holes of snakes and rodents to make sure they were safe and also to flush these creatures out. The Mongoose was credited for many wipe outs of certain species in the early days of setting up colonies on the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. They were introduced to the world to kill rats and snakes mainly

The diet of the mongoose is quite simple. They consume small rodents, reptiles, and young birds. They also sometimes include fruit and other foods in their diet. The Dwarf mongoose manly feed on insects, termites, beetles, grubs, larva and spiders. When the mongoose forages they keep in contact with short chirrup calls. The mongoose uses a lot of vocalizations to keep in contact.

In Hawaii, the mongoose is now being known as the Maui menace. It seems there the mongoose is no longer justifying its good uses of keeping rodents and snakes away. Mongooses do kill rats, but not the numbers needed to justify their use. Also in Hawaii the mongoose in certain parts and played a vital role on wiping out the population of birds. It certain towns and cities you will wonder...
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