Ecology and etology of the honey badger (Mellivora capensis)

Jambrek, Magdalena (2010) Ecology and etology of the honey badger (Mellivora capensis). Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the characteristics, behaviour and feeding habits of the honey badger (Mellivora capensis), an animal from mustelid family. Honey badger is an opportunistic carnivore who preys mostly on small mammals, but it also feeds on invertebrates, snakes and smaller reptiles. It gets moisture from a special kind of mellons. Honey badger is sexually dimorphic, with males one third larger than females. The creature is territorial and has no mating season so the males spend most of the year actively looking for females. They do not form lasting couples and males take no part in caring for the offspring. Females rarely give birth to more than one cub, wich has a very long period of dependency and is extremely vunerable until it gets independent. Honey badgers communicate with each other by scent marking and vocalization. They mark their territory, latrines and foraging paths. There is a hierarchy dominance between males established with the help of scents. Other than big carnivores as lion and leopard, their biggest natural enemy is man. To stop this species from further declining in numbers it is necessary to study all of populations and collect more data to advance our knowledge on honey badger.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Mrakovčić, Milorad
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 9
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 11:24
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 11:24
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3222

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