I know. This is going to be extremely difficult without a picture. But bear with me here, because I haven't seen it afterwards. I hope somebody can give me a list of possibles.

I was taking a stroll down the street when I saw this creature. Maybe two feet long. It was black, with a tail about the size of the tail of a cat. It had catlike paws, which were not that big. Its face was pointy, with a reddish nose and brown eyes, with a whitish area of fur above the eyes. Ears were small and curved at the end. It was hiding in a bush, and did not seem to run away when I checked it out. When I got up, it made a sharp screech and ran away.

I'm from Kerala, South India. Thanks in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, bit I think that this is more or less impossible without an image. $\endgroup$ – Chris Sep 8 '17 at 16:47

sounds like a mongoose or a civet, which species is hard to guess there are several species of both in India, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. In the mongooses the color can vary a lot even in the same species. One easy way to tell the difference is civets have cat like ears while mongoose have short rounded ears.

But here is a picture one at least one species of each, since their body plant does not vary much even if their color and size does.

Indian Brown Mongoose, enter image description here

Sri-Lanka Mongoose enter image description here

Asian Palm Civet enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Yes! That's it! I think I saw an Asian Palm Civet. $\endgroup$ – Aravind Suresh Sep 9 '17 at 11:38

Indian tree shrew
Indian tree shrew
Is that the guy?

  • $\begingroup$ Nope, this is not it, $\endgroup$ – Aravind Suresh Sep 9 '17 at 11:37

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