All About Honey Badgers

By Donovon Edwards, Group 19

The Honey badger is a mammal that belongs to the family of weasels. They can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Asia, India, and on the Arabic peninsula. Honey badgers can survive in many habitats such as tropical rainforests, deserts, savannas and scrublands.

Facts about honey badgers:

Honey badgers can grow up to 2.4 feet in length. They can also weigh between 19 and 26 pounds.

Honey badgers are omnivores (they eat both plants and meat). It eats honey, honey bee larva, berries, roots, scorpions, snakes, eggs, tortoises, birds and mammals.

Honey badgers can survive about eight years in the wild and about 24 years in captivity.

Honey badgers only have a predators and they are lions, leopards and humans.

Honey badgers have very thick skin that can't be pierced with arrows, spears, or even a machete. Their skin is also very loose, which is useful in the case of an attack.

Honey badgers mate year round, but they prefer September and October.

Honey badgers are active during day and night.

Honey badgers are covered with coarse fur. The upper side of their body (from the head to tail) is covered with a wide whitish-grey stripe. The rest of the body is black or dark brown in color.

Honey badgers have extremely sharp teeth. They can easily break a tortoise's shell.

Honey badgers are territorial and solitary animals. Male honey badgers can hold a territory of around 200 square miles!