HONEY BADGER
Mellivora capensis
Body weight:  7,9 - 14,5kg
Length:  95cm
Pregnancy:  6 months (October to January)
Number of young:  1 / 2
Life expectancy:  24 years

Widely distributed in southern Africa, honey badgers are fearless, display considerable aggression and have a powerful bite.  The forepaws are armed with powerful, long, curved claws, dorsally broad and ventrally sharp like a knife, with sharp tips.  Their loose skin enables them to turn easily upon anything that attempts to take hold of them.  They will also turn and attack humans and vehicles and are therefore best left alone.  Will put up a spirited defense against even lion.  They may also feign death if in no-way-out situations
Honey badgers are good at digging and, like the mongoose, are fond of digging out hardened dung beetle balls in search of larvae.  They will tear up beehives to get to comb and honey.  Their other fare comprises carrion, young game animals, including young antelope, rodents, ground birds, eggs, snakes, lizards and tortoises, insects, spiders and their favorite, the scorpions, which they prefer above other food.
Their sense of smell is acute.
Badgers are nocturnal animals but do venture out in daytime.  Their habitat requirements seems to be cosmopolitan excluding true desert.  They live in burrows which have either been appropriated and adapted or dug, as well as rocky crevices.  Honey badgers move with a slow, rolling, sinuous gait wit nose close to the ground, snuffling for their prey.

 

 

 

Spoors - Fore

Spoors - Hind