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 probably been taken in the Afrikaans language that’s native to Namibia and South Africa. It also might have been derived from the rattling sound that they make when they’re frightened. It’s quite fascinating to know that the Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the South African Defense Force was called”Ratel”. The”cape” refers to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa where they were first described.
If You Would like to see honey badgers, you may want to see these areas: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in South Africa, Tsavo National Park in Kenya and the Etosha National Park in Namibia.
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 why as we go on.
Fact 4: Honey badgers kill and eat snakes.
Honey Badgers can attack snakes-even the most vicious and venomous ones. They can devour an entire five feet-long snake in only 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, and even crocodiles which are about a meter in length.
Fact 5: They are solitary creatures.
Honey badgers live in isolation. They are said to have no permanent shelter.
Fact 6: They’re nocturnal during summer and diurnal during the winter.
In places where human activity is frequent, however, honey badgers are mainly nocturnal.
Fact 7: They have very thick and rubbery skin.
Their durability and looseness of the skin make them resistant to bites from other animals. They’re also able to spin around, permitting them to turn and bite predators.
Fact 8: They do not have visible ears.
This fact is pretty obvious, as their ears seem to be quite concealed.
Fact 9: They’ve been known to live for 24-26 decades.
There is not much information regarding the lifespan of honey eating badgers. However, there are sources stating that they can live around 24-26 years .
Fact 10: Honey Badgers release scent from their anal glands.
There are hints that honey loving badgers release scent 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 title implies, but they are still one of the most unique animals that you can find.