Honey Badger

Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis) is a heavy-bodied, black-and-white carnivore having very short ears, short and stout legs, small ears, and a comparatively short tail.

Head to body length is around 55 to 77 cm, and tail is 15 to 30 cm. Body weighs about 7 to 10 kg. The head is broad with a short square muzzle, massive teeth, jaws, and naked nose pad. The tail is less than half of the head and body length.

The color of the dorsal body surface varies from blackish or deep purplish-gray to various shades of brown, often giving a silvery or gray cast to the pelage. Honey Badgers are considered to be good climbers and sleeps on the branches of trees. It feeds on small animals, insects, earthworms and fruits. Badgers can be fierce fighters.

The animal can be spotted in the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana.

Updated on 20th May, 2014


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