What is a Mongoose? - Anatomy, Family & Diet


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There are 34 species in the family Herpestidae. How many of them have the word 'mongoose' as part of their name?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of mongoose anatomy?

2. Mongooses eat primarily:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using the worksheet and quiz, you can gauge your knowledge of mongooses. Their anatomy and diet are topics you need to know when you take the short quiz, as well as where they're found.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to find out how much you know about:

  • Characteristics of mongoose anatomy
  • Species of Herpestidae that have 'mongoose' in their name
  • The purpose of a mongoose's long claws
  • Areas that mongooses are native to

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on mongooses, like the species in the Herpestidae family
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about what mongooses primarily eat
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how mongooses use their long claws and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Review more material about this animal by looking at the lesson called What is a Mongoose? - Anatomy, Family & Diet. Other details you can assess include:

  • The meaning of 'family' in regards to animal classification
  • Size of mongooses
  • Special mongoose adaptations
  • Mongooses and king cobra