Indian Mongoose and Mouse identification help please
I confess that birds have been my main interest, but recent trips have become more mammal-orientated (including India in March 2020, with 17 species identified – I’ll try to get a trip report for that done soon). The Mongooses attached were at out hotel in Agra on that trip and we think may be Indian Small Mongoose (Vivek Menon’s book suggests the shorter, less grizzled fur and relatively short tail would indicate this species). However, we’re new to this, so confirmation/correction would be appreciated thanks. Also attached is a mouse/rat from Bet Dwarka island in Gujurat, which was in our tent in the sand dunes there (in January 2008). The closest we have got is maybe Earth-coloured Mouse, but we’re not really sure what we’re looking for to be honest.
Many thanks for any help
Small Indian Mongoose it is and the rodent I think is a Short-tailed Bandicoot Rat but I am not 100% sure on that. If you had any other images that would help. The Greater Bandicoot normally is darker – this one looks very sand-coloured.
Hope this helps.
As Avi said there is something quite Bandicoot Rat-like about the rodent but hard to tel (especially as I am not very familiar witht the alternatives)l. Bandicoot Rats have shaggy guard hairs and a general unkempt look to them that your’s doesnt’ have (see my pic here – about half way down of one in the Great Rann of Kutch https://www.mammalwatching.com/2007/03/23/gujarat-agra-2007/ ) … maybe this was a young one? How big was it though? Earth coloured Mice are going to be 1/4 the size of a bandicoot rat.
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Thanks for sharing!