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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae


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The Mongoose family (Herpestidae) is divided into two subfamilies, Herpestinae and Galidiinae. The members of the Galidiinae family are found only on Madagascar. The rest are widespread in Asia and Southern Europe. They are found in a wide range of habitats and various living conditions. They can be found living in colonies, living alone, living on the ground and living in trees. And some are semi-aquatic. Most Herpestids are predatorsWhat does predators mean? and rely on their speed and agility for success. Because of their ability to kill poisonous snakes, it was often thought that they were immune to the snake's poison. This is not the case. They are just really fast.
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