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Common Dwarf Mongoose v Asian House Shrew (colony of 3)
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Common Dwarf Mongoose - Helogale parvula
The Common Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula), sometimes just called the Dwarf Mongoose, is a small African carnivore belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). The Common Dwarf Mongoose is a typical mongoose: it has a large pointed head, small ears, a long tail, short limbs, and long claws. The species can be distinguished from other mongooses by its size. It is much smaller than most other species (18 to 28 cm, 210 to 350 grams) and weighs 7 to 13 ounces.; in fact, it is Africa's smallest Carnivore. The soft fur is very variable in color, ranging from yellowish red to very dark brown. The Common Dwarf Mongoose is primarily found in dry grassland, open forests, and bush land, up to 2,000 meters in altitude. It is especially common in areas with many termite mounds, their favorite sleeping place. The species avoids dense forests and deserts. The Common Dwarf Mongoose can also be found in the surroundings of settlements, and can become quite tame. The diet of the Common Dwarf Mongoose consists of insects (mainly beetle larvae, termites, grasshoppers and crickets), spiders, scorpions, small lizards,snakes, small birds, and rodents, and is supplemented very occasionally with berries.

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Asian House Shrew (colony of 3)- Suncus murinus
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he Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus) grey musk shrew, Asian musk shrew, or money shrew is a widespread, adaptable species of shrew found mainly in South Asia but introduced widely throughout Asia and eastern Africa. It is a large shrew with a strong musk smell. It is related to the Etruscan shrew. The house shrew has a uniform, short, dense fur of mid-grey to brownish-grey color. The tail is thick at the base and a bit narrower at the tip, and is covered with a few long, bristle-like hairs that are thinly scattered. They have short legs with five clawed toes. They have small external ears and an elongated snout. They also emit a strong odor of musk, derived from musk glands that are sometimes visible on each side of the body. The odor is especially noticeable during the breeding season. Like all shrews, the Asian house shrew is plantigrade and long-nosed. The teeth are a series of sharp points to poke holes in insect exoskeletons. It is the largest of the shrew species, weighing between 50 and 100 g and being about 15 cm long from snout to tip of the tail. 

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(05-16-2019, 12:41 PM)ApexBoy Wrote: 2-3 Asian House Shrews vs. Common Dwarf Mongoose

Venomous Insectivores vs. Small carnivore that attacks snakes.
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I would favor the Mongoose. 

It could dodge the shrews, and has some resistance to venom.

There is a guarantee that the mongoose may kill at least one shrew:


Quote:Mongoose too remembers the lesson he learned, where he finds them he kills snakes, by striking faster than lightning and being more agile than even the speediest snake, and eats them.


https://africageographic.com/blog/intrig...-mongoose/
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The mongoose wins it seems.
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It's claimed that some species of Shrews demonstrate cooperative behaviour, but if these three don't, the Mongoose is certainly the one I would favour.
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