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Where can I find information on the history of mongoose and snake fighting?

Asked by Izaga (19points) May 19th, 2010

Would live to know it’s origins, where it started, who started it, etc…

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Rudyard Kipling wrote a terrific short story about this.


Hopefully, it can be found online You would enjoy it.

It’s not something that anybody “started”. Fighting a snake is a natural instinctual behavior for a Mongoose. They are ancient enemies.

But similar to the way the Egyptians discovered that domesticating cats to hunt mice resulted in fewer losses in their granary storage, people likewise found having a Mongoose around gave them protection from death from poisonous snakes creeping into their homes unawares.

Obviously those who made the most notable use of these were the British when they began to colonize India.

That’s where Kiplings story takes place and I’m sure that his excellent writing skills helped to popularize the Mongoose worldwide.

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At the end of the Wikii article on this story, the last section is titled External Links.

This will give you the link for the story found at the Univ of Adelaide, S. Australia.

You can read the story for free there. It’s really quite charming.

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