Honey Badger

Mellivora capensis

Scientific Classification and Evolutionary Relationships

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Mustelidae

Genus: Melivora

Species: Capensis


Besides sharing the name badger, Honey badgers are more closely related to the weasel. It also shares some distinct characteristics with the family Marten subfamily.

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Habitat and Diet

Honey badgers live in the deserts of Africa, south Morocco and Southwest Algeria. They are also found in Arabia, Iran, turkmenistan and the Indian peninsula. It lives in flatlands but can still live in mountainous areas.


The Honey badger has the least specialized diet of any other weasels. They hunt during any time of day, and when they hunt they trot. They like beehives hence the name honey badger, but they are also carnivorous and will hunt any animal they find including cobras. They have also been seen chasing away young lions and taking there food. They eat all parts of their food including bones.

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honey badger vs cobra

Social Interactions and How they Move

Honey badgers are mostly live solitarily but they are seen to hunt with a mate during mating seasons. They do not always live with a mate but when they do find a mate they have two cubs normally who are blind until 6 months and stay with the cubs. They are one of the few animals that use tools. They dig large tunnels and are used as nesting chambers.


They move very quick. When they hunt they trot. When they trot and run they can go really fast.

Endangered Status

They are currently not endangered but live in many protected areas. There decrease in population happens because of a decrease in food or hives.

Size and Weight

Height: 23-28 cm

Weight: 9-16 kg

Predators

Predators are much larger than they are such as lions, leopards, heyenas and cheetas.
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