Description

Honey Badger Skull Replica measures 5.5 inches. Honey Badger Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw).

Mellivora capensis, also known as the ratel is a mammal widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Mellivora capensis has short and sturdy legs, with five toes on each foot. The feet are armed with very strong claws, which are short on the hind legs and remarkably long on the forelimbs. The tail is short and is covered in long hairs.

The honey badger or Mellivora capensis is notorious for its strength, ferocity and toughness. It is known to savagely and fearlessly attack almost any other species when escape is impossible, reportedly even repelling much larger predators such as lion and hyena.
Mellivora capensis has the least specialized diet of the weasel family next to the wolverine. It accesses a large part of its food by digging it out of burrows. It favors honey and often searches for beehives.
The honey badger or Mellivora capensis also feeds on insects, frogs, tortoises, turtles, lizards, rodents, snakes, birds and eggs. It also eats berries, roots and bulbs.

Viverra capensis was the scientific name used by Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1777 who described a honey badger skin from the Cape of Good Hope. Mellivorae was proposed as name for the genus by Gottlieb Conrad Christian Storr in 1780. Mellivorina was proposed as a tribe name by John Edward Gray in 1865.

The honey badger or Mellivora capensis is the only species of the genus Mellivora. Although in the 1860s it was assigned to the badger subfamily, the Melinae, it is now generally agreed that it bears very few similarities to the Melinae.

Mellivora capensis is much more closely related to the marten subfamily, Guloninae, but furthermore is assigned its own subfamily, Mellivorinae.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 3 × 4 in
Honey Badger Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Americhelydia
Clade: Panchelonioidea
Superfamily: Chelonioidea
Binomial Name: Mellivora capensis
Conservation status: Least Concern
Temporal range: middle Pliocene – Recent