Honey Badger Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The honey badger has a reputation for being very brave. This lesson shows you how it earned this reputation and why bigger animals want to leave it alone!

The Fearless Honey Badger

Imagine what it would be like to live in the grassy plains of Africa. Every day you'd be confronted by lions, elephants and leopards. This might sound scary, but the honey badger bravely faces these fears every day. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records lists the honey badger as the most fearless animal in the world!

From their name, it's obvious that they love honey. In fact, they love honey so much that they will tear open a bee hive and risk getting stung just to get to this tasty meal. Now that's fearless!

What Do They Look Like?

Honey badgers are mammals with short legs and long bodies that measure about 29 to 38 inches in length. Honey badgers only weigh about 19 to 26 pounds, but they have strong and muscular bodies.

The skin of the honey badger is tough and very loose. If a honey badger is pounced on from behind, it can twist in its skin and bite the attacker with its sharp teeth and strong jaw or scratch it with its long, sharp claws.

Honey Badger
honey badger

Their fur might remind you of a skunk because it's black on the bottom with a thick white or gray streak of fur running on top of its body from its head to its tail. That's not the only thing honey badgers have in common with skunks. Like skunks, honey badgers have a stink gland near their tail that they can use to drop a 'stink bomb' and scare away a predator.

What Do They Eat?

A honey badger is a fearless eater and not afraid to eat snakes, scorpions and bee larva from an active beehive. They also eat birds, small mammals, reptiles and insects as well as some plant foods, like vegetation, fruit and, of course, honey.

Where Do They Live?

Honey badgers like to spend time alone, but will interact with other honey badgers. They live in Africa, the Middle East, India and the Arabian Desert. They can live in many different environments, including deserts, forests, and grasslands.

A honey badger will use its claws to dig deep tunnels and burrows in the ground. The honey badger is nocturnal, which means it's active at night and sleeps a lot during the day. The deep, dark burrow it digs makes a nice place for a daytime snooze.

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