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Notes on food and foraging of the Honey Badger Mellivora capensis in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

H Kruuk, M. G. L Mills
Koedoe | Vol 26, No 1 | a595 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v26i1.595 | © 1983 H Kruuk, M. G. L Mills | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 December 1983 | Published: 01 December 1983

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H Kruuk, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, United Kingdom
M. G. L Mills, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa

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Contents of faeces indicated that honey badgers in the Kalahari eat mostly rodents, followed by lizards and scorpions, all of which are caught by digging. Larger mammals (aardwolf, bat-eared fox, springhare) and large snakes are also eaten. Foraging behaviour is described and individual differences in foraging strategies are discussed.


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