National Geographic Documentary – Snake fight with Honey Badger – wildlife animal

National Geographic Documentary - Snake fight with Honey Badger - wildlife animal
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The Honey Badger is relatively immune to snake venom. First of all, that thick, loose, skin with the layer of thick slick hair, really does a great job of preventing penetration of fangs. So in general, it’s hard to envenomate a honey badger in the first place. But if it is envenomated, I guess it has either special proteins that counteract the proteins in the snake venom, or maybe there’s some other mechanism, like a different enzyme or protein structure that the venom is ineffective against. I don’t know. Apparently a few animals, like the mongoose, hedgehog, California Ground Squirrel, and even the snake-hunting Secretary Bird are immune to the effects of snake venom. I guess, as with all things in nature, it’s a trait that evolved to allow these animals to add poisonous snakes to their diet.

The Honey Badger isn’t unique in its ability to hunt, catch and kill snakes. Lots of mammals can do it. Even my fluffy white kitten: can house cats kill snakes could do it. However, it’s true that my cat would be toast against a large venomous snake. The Honey Badger is unique in that regard. It’s a very ferocious and fearless animal, and it relies less on stealth and agility to kill snakes, and more on brute force and tenacity. A mongoose is more about being agile, darting in and out, and making a strategic kill, but the honey badger kills snakes by barreling in and lunging and biting and swiping without backing off.


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  1. Scientists recently looked at the venom and the nerves of the honey badger and the mongoose and found that the molecules in the venom that blocks nerve impulses are too big to fit on the nerve synapses of the honey badger and the mongoose. The mongoose's nerves are a work of art by our Creator to be immune to venom; the honey badger can be temporarily knocked out for about an hour to wake up and eat the killed snake. The opossum and pigs are also immune to snake venom.

  2. I wonder this small creature is so ferocious that it killed three persons in our village. This small creature hardly bigger than a full grown cat is very rough and tough.

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