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Chinese Ferret-Badger

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

Latin Name Melogale moschata
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location S & S E Asia
Colour Grey or Grey/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

Up to 10 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Chinese 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 grey or grey/brown in colour with white or yellow markings on their face and head. They are active at night and are good climbers.

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


Chinese Ferret-Badgers can be found in the grasslands and forests of south and south east Asia.


Chinese Ferret-Badgers feed on insects, snails, small mammals, frogs, and fruit.


Little is known about reproduction in the Chinese Ferret-Badger. They usually give birth to a litter of 2 - 3 young, which are cared for by the female until they are 2 - 3 months old.


Humans and larger carnivores are predators of Chinese Ferret-Badgers.


Subspecies of the Chinese Ferret-Badger include:

Melogale moschata ferreogrisea
Melogale moschata hainanensis
Melogale moschata millsi
Melogale moschata moschata
Melogale moschata sorella
Melogale moschata subaurantiaca
Melogale moschata taxilla

Interesting Facts

Chinese Ferret-Badgers are also known as:
Small-Toothed Ferret-Badger

Similar Animals

Burmese Ferret-Badger
Javan Ferret-Badger
Everett's Ferret-Badger


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