It's March Mustelid Madness! Which is a brilliant idea, now I think of it, that maybe I should do next year. March Madness with awesome animals.

The Chinese Ferret-badger (Melogale moschata) is fairly widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical forests of southeastern Asia. They have distinct, mask-like markings on their faces that distinguish them from other ferret-badger species in Asia. They have been associated with outbreaks of rabies in that area, but those outbreaks didn't lead to any reported human fatalities. There is currently no rabies vaccine for Chinese Ferret-badgers.

Chinese Ferret-badgers are small, measuring up to 17 inches (43 cm) in body length, with an additional 9 inches (23 cm) of fluffy tail. They max out the scale at 6 pounds (3 kg). They use their long claws and strong forepaws to dig burrows, although they will also live in abandoned burrows dug by other animals, or crevices in rocks and boulders.

The diet of Chinese Ferret-badgers varies greatly, and they are nocturnal omnivores. They will eat insects, fruit, amphibians, rodents, earthworms, and other things that are found within their specific range. Their penchant for insects makes them sought-after guests in the huts of people who have to deal with cockroach infestations. They can be quite fierce when they need to defend themselves, and they are able to secrete foul-smelling musk from their anal glands.


The mating season of Chinese Ferret-badgers occurs in March, and births typically take place in the late spring and fall. This suggests that female Chinese Ferret-badgers are able to delay implantation of fertilized embryos in order to time the births. There are one to three kits in a litter. By three months, the kits have grown enough to start foraging on their own.

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