Hog Badger - Arctonyx collaris


Hog Badger
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It is gray to black or brown with a white striped head pattern and white throat, ears, and tail.  The body and head of the hog badger range from 22 inches (55 cm) to 28 inches (70 cm).  The tail ranges from 4.7 inches (12 cm) to 6.7 inches (17 cm).  The hog badger of China is easily distinguished from other badgers by naked pig like snout, and much longer tail.  The weight of the adults range from 15 lbs. (7 kg) to 31 lbs. (14 kg).


The breeding habits of the hog badger are not well known, but in one observation the wild female gave birth to 4 young in April.


The hog badger, like most badgers, is a nocturnal animal.  It prefers to spend its days in a deep crevice or burrow.  As will all badgers, they are omnivores, but the hog badger uses its pig like snout to get to worms, insects, roots, tubers and sometimes fruit, more often than eating small mammals.


The hog badger is also known in common terms as hog-nosed badger or sand badger.



They are a protected species in the following areas: Fanjingshan Mountain Biosphere Reserve, China; Fujian Wuyishan Nature Reserve, China; Gunung Leuser Proposed National Park, Indonesia; Mae Sa-Kog Ma Reserve, Thailand; Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, Thailand;  Tianmushan Biosphere Reserve, China; Wolong Nature Reserve China; and Yancheng China