Honey Badgers are among the most amazing animals on the planet. Let’s try to get to know them better.
Fact 1: They are also known as the”Ratel.”
The title”Ratel” has likely been taken from the Afrikaans language which is indigenous to Namibia and South Africa. Additionally, it may have been derived from the rattling sound they make when they’re frightened. It’s quite interesting to know that the Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the South African Defense Force was called”Ratel”.
If you want to see honey badgers, you may want to visit these places: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in South Africa, Tsavo National Park in Kenya and the Etosha National Park in Namibia. They are also known to raid refuse bins in certain campsites like the Mana Pools National Park and Hwange National park in Zimbabwe.
Fact 3: They are the world’s most fearless animal.
They may look cute and adorable-but do not be deceived. They’re rather tough, so don’t mess with these guys. You will know the reason why as we proceed.
Fact 4: Honey badgers kill and eat snakes.
Yes, you heard it right! Honey Badgers can attack snakes-even the most vicious and venomous ones. They can devour an entire five feet-long snake in just 15 minutes. They kill snakes by grabbing them behind the mind. Other creatures that fall prey to this ferocious animal include termites, earthworms, hares, tortoises, as well as crocodiles that are about a meter in length.
Truth 5: They are solitary animals.
Honey badgers live in solitude. There are reports, however, of honey badgers coming together in a place where food is abundant.
Fact 6: They are nocturnal during summer and diurnal during the winter.
In places where human activity is regular, however, honey badgers are primarily nocturnal.
Fact 7: They have really thick and rubbery skin.
Their durability and looseness of the skin make them resistant to bites from other animals. They are also able to twist around, permitting them to turn and bite predators.
Fact 8: They don’t have visible ears.
This truth is pretty obvious, as their ears appear to be quite concealed.
Fact 9: They’ve been known to live for 24-26 decades.
There is not much information concerning the lifespan of honey eating badgers. However, there are sources stating that they can live around 24-26 years . In the wild, they may have a shorter lifespan, probably 7-8 years.
Fact 10: Honey Badgers release odor from their anal glands.
There are suggestions that honey loving badgers release odor from their anal glands to”fumigate” the bees forcing them away from the hive.
Honey Badgers may not sound as sweet and good-natured as how the name implies, but they are still one of the most unique animals which you can find.