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Javan Ferret-badger Melogale orientalis
2013-01-01 14:09:23

The Javan ferret-badger (Melogale orientalis) can be found in Indonesia, with a range that includes Bali and Java. The preferred habitat of this species is not well known, but one specimen from Bali was found in a secondary forest near plantations. Other records show a preference for primary forests, so it is though that the Javan ferret-badger prefers a large variety of habitats. It was once...

Burmese Ferret-badger Melogale personata
2013-01-01 14:04:29

The Burmese ferret-badger or the large-toothed ferret-badger (Melogale personata) can be found in Thailand, Indochina, southern Yunnan, Myanmar, and northeast India. Its preferred habitats are unknown, but it is thought that habitats depend upon dispersal of mature individuals and it has been found in forested areas, grasslands, and rice fields. In India, it can be found at elevations of up to...

Japanese Badger Meles anakuma
2013-01-01 11:13:25

The Japanese badger (Meles anakuma) is native to Japan with a range that includes Shodoshima, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It prefers a habitat in many areas including forests and woodlands.  It was once thought to be the same species as the Asian badger, but genetic studies have shown this to be untrue. The Japanese badger has a slight sexual dimorphism, with males growing larger than...

Asian Badger Meles leucurus
2013-01-01 11:07:20

The Asian badger or sand badger (Meles leucurus) is native to The Korean Peninsula, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Its range includes Mongolia and the Urals in the southeast portion of Russia. It prefers a habitat within open woodlands with deciduous vegetation next to pastures, but it will reside in steppe lands, scrublands, coniferous forests, and mixed woodlands. This badger species can be...

European Badger
2009-02-16 19:47:24

The European badger (Meles meles) also known as the Eurasian Badger, is a species of badger indigenous to much of Europe (excluding northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Cyprus). It is also found in many parts of Asia, from about 15° to 65° North, and from about 10° West to 135° East. It is related to stoats, otters, weasels, minks, and other badgers. There...

Honey Badger
2009-02-16 18:05:48

The Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the Ratel, is a member of the Mustelidae family. It is found throughout most of Africa and western and southern Asian regions of Baluchistan (eastern Iran), southern Iraq, Pakistan and Rajasthan (western India). Its natural habitat is arid grasslands and savannahs. It is the only species in genus Mellivora. It has been named the most...

American Badger
2007-01-22 16:38:59

The American Badger, Taxidea taxus, is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European Badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico and central Canada. This animal prefers dry open areas with deep soils that are easy to dig, such as prairie regions. In Mexico, this animal is sometimes called "tlacoyote". Anatomy The stocky body...

Ratel Honey Badger
2007-01-22 16:30:09

The ratel (Mellivora capensis), also known as the honey badger, is a member of the Mustelidae family. They are distributed throughout most of Africa and western and south Asian areas of Baluchistan (eastern Iran), Pakistan and Rajasthan (western India). It is the only species classified in the genus Mellivora and the subfamily Mellivorinae. Anatomy Honey badgers are similar in size and...

Eurasian Badger
2007-01-22 16:14:45

The Eurasian or European badger, Meles meles, is a mammal indigenous to most of Europe (excluding northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Cyprus) and to many parts of Asia. It is particularly abundant in Britain and Ireland. It is a member of the Mustelidae family, and so is related to the stoats, otters, weasels, minks and other badgers. The Eurasian badger is the only...

Chinese Ferret Badger
2007-01-22 16:12:35

Distinctive mask-like face markings distinguish the Chinese ferret badger from other oriental mustelids. This badger lives in burrows or crevices and is active at dusk and at night. It is a good climber and feeds on fruit, insects, small animals and worms. Ferret badgers are savage when alarmed and their anal secretions are foul smelling. The female gives birth to a litter of up to 3 young in...