Honey Badger Facts for Kids

Honey Badger Facts

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  • Honey badgers are mammals.
  • Another name for a honey badger is a ratel.
  • They are part of the weasel family.
  • Did you know that honey badgers are known as the world’s most fearless animal?
  • They also have the reputation for being smart, mean and very territorial.
  • Honey badgers live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, India and in the Middle East on the Arabic Peninsula.
  • Honey badgers can easily adapt to different environments. They live in habitats including rainforests, savannahs, deserts and scrublands.
  • Honey badgers are 2.4 – 3 feet long and they have a 12 inch tail.
  • They weight between 20 and 35 pounds.
  • Honey badgers have a muscular body and strong legs with sharp claws.
  • They use their long sharp claws to dig the burrows that they live in.
  • They have very thick skin. Their skin is so thick that even a machete cannot cut all the way through it.
  • The skin of a honey badger is not only thick but loose. When they are being attached by a predator, they can turn around in their loose skin to break free.
  • Honey badgers have very sharp teeth. The can even bite and break a tortoise shell.
  • Honey badgers have very thick and coarse hair. Their hair is black is a white to gray stipe down its back.
  • Does that remind you of another animal? If you guessed skunk, you would be right.
  • Not only does their hair resemble a skunk they also have something else in common with a skunk, their odor.
  • Honey badgers can also let out a stinky odor. They produce their odor with an anal gland and use it to mark their territory or scare away predators.
  • Honey badgers are known for meaning mean. They will sometimes take another animal’s home and make it their own.
  • The name honey badger means honey eater of cape.
  • Honey badgers enjoy eating honey.
  • Honey badgers are omnivores meaning they eat both plants and animals. Besides honey, honey badgers like to eat berries, roots, scorpions, snakes, eggs, tortoises, birds and other small mammals. Honey badgers aren’t picky and will east almost anything.
  • Honey badgers can climb trees.
  • They can run up to 18 miles per hour.
  • Honey badgers are solitary animals, meaning they like to keep to themselves.
  • They only time honey badgers spend time with other honey badgers are to mate.
  • Baby honey badgers are born in burrows. After they are born, they stay with their mother for 12-18mts and then they go off on their own.
  • Honey badgers typically live 8 years in the wild. They can live 24 years in captivity.
  • Predators to the honey badger are lions, leopards, hyenas, pythons and humans.
  • Bunga Disney’s Lion Guard is a Honey Badger.