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Monday Mustelid - Melogale personata Edition

Sorry for the gap. Some of the mustelids on my list aren't as thoroughly-researched as the animals in my previous animal series. Also, completely off-topic, I've been watching Sleepy Hollow on Hulu and holy crap why didn't anyone tell me how good it is?!

The Burmese Ferret-badger (Melogale personata) is another one of five ferret-badger species, and can be found in southeastern Asia. While some people in northern India capture and keep Burmese Ferret-badgers alive, because they're good at keeping cockroach infestations under control, they are hunted and killed in other parts of their range for use in "traditional medicine."


Burmese Ferret-badgers have relatively stout forepaws, like their true badger cousins, but they use them to climb trees rather than dig burrows. They use burrows that have been dug by other animals. Adults can weigh 2 to 6 pounds (1 to 3 kg) and measure about 1.5 feet (430 mm) in body length. They have long, bushy tails that add another 6 inches (150 mm) to their overall length.

The diet of Burmese Ferret-badgers consists mainly of invertebrates like insects and snails, found while they forage along the ground. They will, however, climb trees for some tasty treats, and are not above snacking on frogs, lizards, birds and bird eggs, and fruit.

Little is known about the mating behavior of Burmese Ferret-badgers, but what is known is that the pregnant females will give birth to a litter of one to three kits in their burrows, where they will stay for the first three weeks of their lives. Burmese Ferret-badgers have been known to live up to 10 years in captivity, but their natural lifespan is not specifically known.


There are currently three recognized subspecies:

  • Melogale personata personata (Burma, Thailand and northern India)
  • Melogale personata nipalensis (Nepal)
  • Melogale personata pierrei (Vietnam, Cambodia, southern China, Laos)

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