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Are Mongooses Dangerous?

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Did you know that a mongoose can kill a king cobra, all by its little old self? It's true. The king cobra is the largest venomous snake on earth. It can weigh as much as 35 pounds and grow to a length of 20 feet! If a human is bitten by a king cobra, they are likely to be dead in less than half an hour. Yet, a mongoose can hunt, kill, and devour a king cobra without too much trouble at all.

So, if you are asking the question, "are mongooses dangerous?" Then the answer would be a resounding, Yes! And, if you're now asking the question, "is the plural of mongoose really mongooses?" The answer to that is yes as well.

Damages caused by mongooses in Hawaii:

There is good reason why it is against the law in Hawaii for any person to introduce, keep or breed any mongoose within the State, except by permit from HDOA. These India native, weasel-like animals, with their long, brownish bodies, short legs, and long tails cost an estimated $50 million in damages to the Hawaiian Islands and Puerto Rico each year.

Among other things, mongooses are known to steal the eggs of endangered species, including those of Hawaii's state bird, the Nene, and sea turtles. The normal diet of a mongoose is made up, largely, of insects, but it also includes small cats, snakes, frogs, rodents, seeds, nuts, fruit and eggs. So, there is no shortage of food for mongooses here on the Islands. However, unlike in India, their native home, there are no natural predators of these animals here in Hawaii. This, combined with the fact that a male mongoose can father offspring in as little as 4 months after birth and a female can produce up to 5 pups a year, means that the population is not likely to decrease any time soon.

Another hazard mongooses pose is the fact that they can carry rabies, or leptospirosis, which their droppings can transfer to streams and water supplies. So, not only are they endangering already endangered birds, as well as some pets, they are also threatening human habitats.

So what can you do if you need a mongoose removed?

If you are encountering one or more mongooses on your property, it is ill advised to try and trap or remove the animal on your own. Their teeth and claws are very sharp, and they can be quite aggressive if threatened or cornered. The best course of action in removing mongooses from your property is to employ the help of experienced wildlife control technicians. Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions has the trained staff, necessary tools, and know-how to safely, quickly, and effectively trap and remove mongooses.

Don't take chances with these dangerous animals, let Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions take care of them for you.

Tags: mongoose  |  wildlife removal

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