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Burmese Ferret-Badger

Burmese Ferret-Badger Range Map (E & S E Asia)
Burmese Ferret-Badger Range Map
(E & S E Asia)

Latin Name Melogale personata
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location S E & E Asia
Colour Dark Grey or Brown
Length 33 - 43 cms (13 - 17 inches)
Tail 15 - 23 cms (6 - 9 inches)
Weight 1 - 3 Kgs (2.2 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Burmese Ferret-Badgers have a body length between 33 and 43 cms (13 - 17 inches), a tail length between 15 and 23 cms (6 - 9 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 3 kgs (2.25 - 6.5 lbs).

They are dark grey or brown in colour with white or yellow patches on their cheeks and in between their eyes. They also have a thin white or yellow stripe on the top of their head and neck.

If they feel threatened they emit an offensive anal gland odour and they have a hard bite.


Burmese Ferret-Badgers can be found in the grasslands and forests of east and south east Asia. They are active at night.


Burmese Ferret-Badgers feed on insects, snails, small mammals, birds, frogs, eggs and fruit.


Little is known about reproduction in the Burmese Ferret-Badger. They usually give birth to a litter of 3 young, just before the rainy season.


Larger carnivores are likely to prey upon Ferret-Badgers.


Subspecies of the Burmese Ferret-Badger include:

Melogale personata laotum
Melogale personata nipalensis
Melogale personata personata
Melogale personata pierrei
Melogale personata tonquinia

Interesting Facts

Burmese Ferret-Badgers are also known as:
Large-Toothed Ferret-Badger

Similar Animals

Chinese Ferret-Badger
Javan Ferret-Badger
Everett's Ferret-Badger


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