Honey Badger / Ratel (Mellivora capensis)
Least Concern (LC)
With a stocky body and short legs with a thick silver-grey strip running the whole length of their upper body and black underparts this animal is unmistakable. It’s tail is short and bushy, and is often held erect while walking.
||90-100 cm (including tail).
Generally solitary and nomadic occupying large ranges, moving daily to forage.
||all year, though more common from September to December
|Number of offspring
Inhabits a wide variety of habitats including tropical and sub-tropical forests, thorn forests, grasslands and even deserts.
Opportunistic foragers; their diet varies with seasonal changes in prey abundance. Primarily carnivores frequently feeding on eggs, small rodents, snakes, birds and frogs. However they will also eat fruits, roots and bulbs. They get their name from their behaviour of attacking bee-hives to eat the bee larvae and honey inside.
With such a fearsome reputation, not much will readily tangle with a honey badger; lions, spotted hyaenas and leopards tend to kill only older and weaker individuals.
Honey Badger / Ratel at Naankuse sites