Fight in the Wild Series: Honey Badger Vs King Cobra

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Honey Badger Vs King Cobra

This is the part 7 of fight in the wild series. The last part was a battle of herbivores Elephant and Rhino. Part 5 was a fierce battle between Western Lowland Gorilla Vs Grizzly Bear. The first part involved a fighting Cheetah Vs African Lion whereas in the second part, we Spotted Hyena wrestled Grey Wolf. The third part was king of a stalemate between Hippopotamus and Bull Shark. The fourth part was a decisive Eagle victory against the larger Vulture.

Today, we look at two tough enough candidates, Honey Badger and King Cobra. Unlike the last part, where we don’t see elephants and Rhinos fighting in reality, Honey Badger and King Cobra have been battling each other since they first evolved. They brawl to death and this fight is a part of almost all the major fight in the wild videos on youtube.

Let’s start with Honey Badger first:

  1. The honey badger, also known as the ratel is a mammal widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. The species first appeared during the middle Pliocene in Asia.
  2. Its closest relation was the extinct genus Eomellivora, which is known from the upper Miocene, and evolved into several different species throughout the whole Pliocene in both the Old and New World.
  3. Honey Badgers are around 260 mm high at the shoulders and weigh 10-12 Kg. Their body have a broad and course saddle of grey hair running from above the eyes to the tip of their tail, which contrasts starkly with their black underparts. They have a low slung body, with small ears and crawly legs, and have massive claws. The latter is an adaptation for digging and spending time under ground, but are also formidable weapons. It is primarily terrestrial but can climb, especially when attracted by honey. It travels by a jog-trot but is tireless and trails its prey until the prey is run to the ground.

Next comes the most feared snake in the world, King Cobra:

  1. King cobra, also called hamadryad, the world’s largest venomous snake, found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia to the Philippines and Indonesia.
  2. The snake’s maximum confirmed length is 5.6 metres (18 feet), but most do not exceed 3.6 metres (12 feet). The main feature that distinguishes the king cobra from other cobras is the possession of 11 large scales on the crown of its head. Adults may be yellow, green, brown, or black. The back is typically highlighted by yellowish or whitish crossbars or chevrons, and the underside may display a single colour that may or may not be ornamented with bars. The throat is light yellow or beige. Juvenile king cobras are smaller and black. Hatchlings are about 45–55 cm (18–22 inches) long and are black with yellow or white stripes.
  3. The king cobra is the sole member of its genus. It is classified as part of family Elapidae, the cobra family. Hamadryad, the alternative common name for the snake, is a Greek word meaning “wood nymph.”

Let the battle begin.

An adult King Cobra can weigh at least twice times as much as your average honey badger, but what the badger lacks in size, it more than makes up for in daring ferocity. The honey badger’s relatively small size and nocturnal habits make it tricky to spot in the wild, but when it is hungry, it will leave no stones unturned. If the badger is on the hunt: it can flush out a sizeable King Cobra from its hiding place, and instantly go on offence.

King Cobras rank among the largest snakes in the world. The crawly reptiles are accomplished hunters capable of taking down prey much larger than themselves, they are sometimes targeted by opportunistic predators – and honey badgers are the ultimate opportunists.

So if there is a battle between a King Cobra and a hungry Honey Badger, it will be a decisive victory for the latter. King Cobra will lose this match.

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