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Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?



Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

Even though both Badgers and Wolverines are members of the Mustelidae family, which also includes skunks, minks, and weasels, they don’t look alike.

They have five toes on each foot, just like other mustelids, and employ a musky odor to mark their territory, attract mates, and protect themselves.

However, these distant cousins live in quite different environments. Wolverines can only survive in the most remote locations. They’re known for their fury, their capacity to take the pain, and their incredible appetite…Wolverine vs. American Badger fight video


Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

The Wolverine is substantially larger, with a length of up to 107 cm, a shoulder-length of up to 45 cm, and a weight of 25 kg. Wolverines have a little bear-like build that is compact and powerful.

The color of their long fur ranges from blonde at birth to dark brown or black with blonde tips, a grey or black tail, and a light face as they age. They have round heads with dark eyes and round ears.

The honey badger measures up to 96 cm in length, up to 28 cm at the shoulder, and weighs up to 16 kg.


Wolverines are omnivores, which means they eat meat and plants.

Large game such as caribou, moose, and mountain goats are common wolverine diets.

Ground squirrels and rodents, as well as bird eggs and berries, are smaller mammals.

However, they prefer meat and will go to considerable lengths to obtain it. Wolverines have a keen sense of smell; they can smell prey 20 ft under the snow.

Wolverines are knowledgeable on how to store food. Research shows that wolverines use snow as refrigerators to keep their food fresh.

When food is scarce, the wolverine will return to his or her storage to recover the meal.

Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

Honey badgers are generalist carnivores with an extremely wide diet.

In the southern Kalahari alone, more than 60 species of prey have been recorded.

Insect larvae, beetles, scorpions, lizards, rodents, and birds are among the minor foods eaten by badgers.

Larger reptiles, such as leguaans, will be caught as well

crocodiles and pythons and include the highly venomous adders, cobras, and black mamba in their diet.

Springhares, polecats, and especially juvenile foxes, jackals, antelope, and wild cats are among the larger creatures killed. Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

Habitat and Range

Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

Wolverines enjoy colder climates because they use snow to build dens and store food.

They live in the arctic and sub-arctic, in grasslands, Alpine forests, taiga, boreal forests, and tundra of Europe, Asia, and North America in the northern latitudes.

Wolverines are solitary creatures and need great swaths of territory to roam. Males use their scent to define their territory and only share it with females.

Their territories can range from 65 km to more than 600 km.

Badgers prefer dry, open grasslands, though they are very adaptable.

Honey Badgers are found in southern Africa.

Territorial differences

Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

The extent of the territory occupied by these two species may be the most striking distinction between them.

Male wolverines have a home range of approximately 920 square miles, whereas female wolverines have a territory of approximately 390 square miles.

Wolverines, both male and female, will battle to the death to defend their home ranges.

The territories of male badgers are one and a half square miles, while females live in a territory of approximately one square mile.

Badgers do not protect their territory, and therefore may overlap with those of other badgers.


Gulo luscus, Wolverine. 3/4 Natural size. - PICRYL Public Domain Search

The wolverine is fearless in its behavior

It has been observed killing a polar bear by grabbing onto the animal’s throat with its jaws.

Suffocation by biting the throat and not letting go, as well as crushing with its massive jaws and highly modified molars, are its primary methods of death.

To thrive, Honey Badgers must be extremely tough. Lions, leopards, and hyenas are all well known to attack and attempt to kill honey badgers. They succeed sometimes but not always.

The honey badger will fight non-stop until it is dead or the attacker gives up, at which point the honey badger will make a break for it.


The wolverines’ teeth are unique. They have a special molar that is revered 90° which is used for breaking through bone.

Their jaws are strong, in addition to the muscles and unique molars allow them to devour the entire animal, including hooves, bones, and teeth.

Wolverine claws are thought to be semi-retractable but are truly fixed, according to experts.

The toe biomechanics, on the other hand, effectively allow them to stay sharp.

Because these claws are curled, they’re perfect for hooking and tearing.

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The honey badger has a pair of teeth that are much smaller but sharper than those of the wolverine, strong claws, and the same aggressiveness and tenacity as the wolverine.

The anal gland of the honey badger is reversible.

The odor it emits is characterized as “suffocating.”


The wolverines’ main defense against Predators is its ferocity.

It uses this, as well as its keen claws, sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and thick skin and fur, to defend its kills from much larger predators such as wolves and bears.

Despite the fact that the wolverine has a tough hide, the wolverines have been killed by porcupine quills in North America on several occasions. On the other hand, the badger is built to take a beating.

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The honey badger has a robust, thick, and loose hide that was developed to protect it from biting, clawing, and stinging. it is almost 6 mm thick and extremely tough.

The fact that African porcupine quills rarely pierce it is a fantastic example of how robust it is.

Remember that African porcupines are three times larger than their North American counterparts.

Their second line of defense is their perseverance.

They have the ability to fight for hours none stop.

This is an issue for a Predator who is already gnawing at the skin.

The attempt is exhausting, and the honey badger is striving and counterattacking with its claws and fangs the entire time.

When assaulted, the honey badger’s third defense is to go after the attacker’s groin.

Adult male Cape buffaloes have bled to death after being brutalized by a honey badger in this manner, according to records from South Africa’s Kruger national park.

Wolverine vs honey badger: who wins in a fight?

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It’ll be fascinating to see who wins the battle between both the wolverine and the honey badger.

Both animals have mustelids and hunt in the same way. One thing which goes in favor of wolverine is its strong size.

We know that honey badgers can handle larger prey like Lions, leopards, and tigers, but after seeing the same specifications of the immune system and hunt capability.

Most people would choose the wolverine because of its size and similar characteristics to the badger.

It boils down to whether the wolverine could get through the honey badger’s defenses to kill it and whether the honey badger even has the tools to kill a Wolverine.

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In my opinion, Honeybadger would win the fight as an American porcupine once killed a wolverine and I have seen a video in which an African porcupine cannot penetrate its quills

The body of a honey badger is three times the size of a North American porcupine, and the second point is resilience; the ability for the honey badger to fight for hours non-stop.

So, it is difficult to get control over it. This beast targets the groins of larger animals and emits a suffocating odor through its gland.

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