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Photograph by Colleen and Keith Begg

A big honey badger can devour a six-foot-long (two-meter-long) constrictor like this mole snake in less than half an hour. Snakes—even poisonous Cape cobras and puff adders—provide badgers with abundant meat in return for relatively low foraging effort. Though the physiology is not yet understood, honey badgers seem to show a strong resistance to the effects of even the most highly toxic venoms. Even if snakes manage to bite their attackers, they rarely escape from hungry badgers. (Watch a Real Player or 
Windows Media video of a badger capturing and devouring a snake.)





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