M is for the Mongoose – The anathema of a snake

M is for the Mongoose – The anathema of a Snake


You are one of those rare animals,
that are resistant to the venom,
of that scourge of animals,
the nightmarish snake.

You can fight a snake,
and tear it to shreds,
you are not afraid,
to face even the king cobra.

You are found in many parts of the world.
In Asia, Africa and Europe.
But have also been introduced artificially,
into parts of the Caribbean.

You have a long body,
short legs and round ears.
Some of you dig your own burrows,
while some live in burrows of other animals.

The females among you,
produce only a few pups in a year.
The males among you leave your mother soon,
while the females stay longer or forever.

You are an omnivore.
You can subsist on,
both plant food and flesh.
No guesses for what your favourite meat is.

Some of you live,
on tops of trees.
But some of you also live,
in habitats of water.

In remote and rural parts of India,
many a snake charmer,
entertains children with shows,
where you can be seen fighting with a snake.

It is indeed a wonder,
how the process of evolution,
has given you the ability,
to resist the venom of the most venomous of snakes.

16 Thoughts to “M is for the Mongoose – The anathema of a snake”

  1. Wow, Jai…I never knew your computer brain could write such a beautiful poem too!! 🙂 Keep rocking….

    1. Jai

      Thanks for the appreciation Jayanthi.

  2. Noor Anand Chawla

    Nature works in mysterious ways but also ensures that no single creature is too powerful or without purpose. Mongoose is a fantastic example of that!

    1. Jai

      Absolutely. Nature is an ideal example of the balance that is so important to make things go around.

  3. Nature always keeps a balance. I didn’t know that a mongoose was an omnivore.

    1. Jai

      Yes, in addition to flesh it also eats plants.

  4. These are such cute animals that can turn into fierce warriors when they see a snake. Every creature of this earth is equally important. Loving your poems.

    1. Jai

      Thank you for the appreciation Srivalli. Yes, Mongoose are indeed cute and they attack snakes fiercely.

  5. I find the mongoose very charming and cute. It is indeed strange how nature has endowed different creatures with various powers for self sustenance.

    1. Jai

      Yes, it is indeed a marvel of nature that a creature that looks as harmless as a Mongoose can fight venomous snakes.

  6. At my mothers place there once lived s family of Mongoose. They were 4 in all. I have witnessed them sauntering around the yard on many occasions. They are very harmless creatures for human being.

    1. Jai

      Yes, they look quite cute and are harmless for human beings but the anathema of snakes.

  7. Wow what a lovely post on one of those animals not many talk about. Each animal has a role to play in the cycle and each has its own capabilities.

    1. Jai

      Yes, all animals are important and have a role to play in nature and make things go around.

  8. I’d forgotten that the mongoose is an omnivore. When I first learnt about it in school, I was quite shocked that a smallish animal could fight a snake.

    Best wishes for the rest of the A2Z. 🙂

    1. Jai

      Yes, even for a long time I thought it was a carnivore. Thanks for visiting.

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