Mammal

Honey badger (ratel)

Area: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, and India
Habitat: 
Grasslands, forests, mountains, and deserts
Food: 
Snakes, scorpions, birds, insects, small mammals, vegetation, and fruits
Size: 
29 to 38 inches long, plus 5 to 9 inches for tail
Babies: 
Usually 1 born at a time. Babies are called cubs.
Honey badgers have a super strong immunity to the venom of snakes and scorpions.
Have No Fear

 

 

The honey badger, also known as a ratel, is a strong, smart, and fierce mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young.. Its stocky, flattened body has short, strong legs and clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. on the front feet that are perfectly suited for digging.

 

They are pros at making burrows to sleep in. Also, underground insects and rodents don't stand a chance of escape when a honey badger digs after them! In fact, keepers at the Safari Park even reinforced the area under the home of Benzy, their honey badger animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. ambassador, so she wouldn't be able to dig her way out.

 

The honey badger’s coat is thick and coarse, mostly black, with a wide, grayish-white stripe along its back from head to tailtip. Does that remind you of another animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.? That's right, a skunk! And they don't just look like a skunk, they can stink like one, too. When a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. like a lion, leopard, or hyena tries to attack a honey badger, it releases a "stink bomb" that helps keep trouble away. 

 

That two-tone coat covers skin that also helps the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. survive. Not only is its skin tough, it’s loose enough that a honey badger can turn around in it and bite its attacker. And speaking of bites, the honey badger can survive the bites of some very dangerous creatures. They eat scorpions and snakes, and they have an unusually strong immunity to venom. That means that even if the scorpion stings or the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. bites it, the honey badger doesn't die as other animals might.