There are seven species of mongooses in Malaysia, the most common being the short-tailed mongoose. They are small, slender-bodied mammals measuring about 25-60 centimetres from head to tail. Generally, their colours range from grey to reddish brown, except for the crab-eating and collared mongooses which are distinguished by their white and yellowish facial markings. Despite their small size, mongooses are known to be bold and ferocious often subduing larger animals including snakes. They are mostly found in the forests except the short-tailed mongoose which sometimes wanders into inhabited areas.