Habits Of A Honey Badger

Honey badgers are complicated creatures, scientists and researchers categories them in different species and even a good part of their lives are a mystery to us. But when it comes to their behavior what exactly do we know about them?


A honey badger is generally a solitary animal except for the May breeding season when they tend to hunt together. Very little is actually known about their overall breeding habits but their gestation period would last about six months. Honey badgers typically give birth to two cubs and every new born honey badger is blind. The overall lifespan of a honey badger on the wild is also unknown but those raised in captivity have been recorded to live up to 24 years.

During the rest of the year away from breeding season, honey badgers live by themselves in holes that they themselves dug up. They’re actually pretty good tunnel diggers; they can create their home within 10 minutes or less. Even though they can dig up a new bed or home within 10 minutes, they’ll take over other burrows if they feel like it; the takeover aardvark and warthog tunnels are a favorite much like a termite mound.

Aside from being incredibly aggressive and fearsome, honey badgers are considered as intelligent animals. Only a few animals can actually comprehend using items as tools to benefit them and a honey badger is one of those animals. If ever a honey badger feels like escape is almost impossible they become even more ferocious and aggressive. Because of their behavior, the predator gradually becomes intimidated; some records say that they can repel much larger animals like lions. A factor that adds to their fearlessness is the fact that they know they have tough skin, tough enough to repel bee stings, bites from other animals, spears and arrows.