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Mongooses are one of the commonly seen species on campus. Those who take a walk in the campus would have seen these shy animals scurrying away either alone or sometimes with young ones. There are about 6 different species of mongooses found in India. Two different types of Mongooses are seen in IITM campus, the (1) Common Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsi) and (2) Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus). These two species are seen throughout India and have adapted to different climates and surroundings. They differ mostly in colour. The Small Indian Mongoose is golden in colour and mostly seen in the marshy areas surrounding the oxidation ponds. The other, Common Mongoose is gray in colour and is seen everywhere on the campus. Mongoose control the population of snakes, lizards, rats, crabs, scorpions, insects, frogs, birds etc. (The picture above shows a Common Mongoose looking for prey under the leaves)

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