Honey Badger

Honey Badger 1The honey badger, or ratel, is the most aggressive animal in Africa and India for its size.  Its skin is loose on its body so if a lion or other large predator bites it, the honey badger can move inside of its skin and attack the predator.  They are also immune to bee, scorpion, and snake venom.

Honey badgers are omnivorous.  They often raid bee hives for the honey, and scorpions, insects, snakes, birds, eggs, mammals and lizards.  The honey badger can close its ears when digging or raiding bee hives.  Particularly daring individuals will steal a kill from lions, leopards, and hyenas.   The jaws of a honey badger can swiftly rip a leg off an antelope of crush a cobra’s skull.

Honey Badger 2Honey badger fur is not used as a camouflage.   It alerts other animals that the honey badger has arrived, so back off.  Other than its wicked teeth, the honey badger has 2″ long claws that can be used both for digging and defense.  Also, the honey badger can secrete a horrendous smelling liquid that it sprays in defense, like its cousin, the skunk.

Female honey badgers give birth to 2 or 3 kits at a time.