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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Indian Mongoose in Hawaii

Indian Mongoose, Kona, Hawaii Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus)
Kona, Hawaii ~ September 21, 2007
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While this is not a great photo, I was thrilled to get it. We were parked at a bookstore on the edge of a shopping center, and we spied this bold mongoose on some rocks near the car. While it scampered away, I managed to get a quick photo. Trust me, they are FAST! Mongooses are an invasive species in Hawaii. You can read about them via the "Instant Hawaii" link above. If you ever wondered what the underside of a mongoose's foot looks like here is your chance. Click to enlarge the photo.

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