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Honey Badger

Behaviour

Mostly solitary, they sometimes move in pairs. They mark their territories. While living near human habitation, they adopt a nocturnal life, but are diurnal in uninhabited areas.

Honey Badgers are scavengers as well as skilled hunters. Their diet includes birds, reptiles, fish, insects, carrion, small mammals and rodents. The Honey Badger is ferocious and can attack an animal larger than itself. They rarely become prey for larger animals because they are very aggressive and ferocious. Their thick and loose skin makes it difficult for a predator to grip or suffocate a Honey Badger. The Honey Badger can twist inside its own skin and bite the predator.

The Honey Badger has a low birth rate. The female Honey Badger accepts a mating partner only after several days of thoughtful consideration. After mating, the Honey Badgers remain in their burrow for 3-4 days. The female gives birth after two months, to about 1 - 4 cubs.

LIfespan of these mammals ranges from 5 to 8 years when in the wild, though they are known to live as long as 24 years in captivity.