Watch a Honey Badger Escape The Clutches of a Python, Then Take On Jackals

Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 17, 2023

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Predator and prey, the most unfair battle that there is in the wild. Predators have the upper hand with the strength, speed, and status that they have in the animal kingdom. However, as we know, sometimes the little guy comes out on top. Sometimes, the underdog wins!

So, when the underdog wins, this unfair battle quickly turns into an epic battle. 

In this wild video shown below, we are taken to Chobe Park in Botswana, South Africa. On this safari tour, Roselyne Kerjosse was able to capture amazing footage that she shares below. The YouTube video description editors offer their opinion on what happened.

“When the 60-year-old began recording, the honey badger was in mortal danger, with the python wrapping its entire body around the badger and squeezing the life out of its prey. Luckily for the badger, a pair of jackals got involved in the showdown and after attacking the snake, the desperate badger managed to escape the coils of death.”

Tables Turned

As the video posted below starts, we see a honey badger in the grip of a python. We assume to see this predator come out on top when we see how tight his grip is on his prey. It seems there will be no hope for this honey badger. But don’t let this little guy fool you. Honey badgers can pack quite a punch.

A few seconds later, we see a jackal appear and start to get in on the action. This distracts the python, who makes one attempt to strike out at the jackal. All the while, the honey badger is using this opportunity to escape. However, this honey badger does much more than come out on top. The tables have turned, and now the predator and prey roles are reversed. 

This honey badger is angry this python attempted to make him a meal. And now he will fight off two jackals to get this python. As we can see, he was very successful!

What Do Honey Badgers Eat?

What Eats Snakes

Up to 25 percent of the honey badger’s omnivorous diet consists of venomous snakes.

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Honey badgers are aggressive mammals that can weigh anywhere from 11-35 pounds. And they can reach 9-11 inches in height and 22-30 inches in length. 

These animals are omnivores and, as such, will eat small things such as bees, insects, bulbs, and roots. However, they will also eat things such as small animals, bird eggs, and, yes, even snakes

Is It Normal for Honey Badgers to Eat Snakes?

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Honey Badgers eat so many snakes that they have developed immunity to venom.

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You may have seen videos of honey badgers fighting everything from lions to pythons – these relentless little creatures always seem to come out on top! Despite their small size – honey badgers are considered to be one of the toughest animals on the planet with an attitude to match. Brave to a fault, these animals are equipped with powerful teeth and jaws, sharp claws, and loose, thick, skin that enables them to turn around to face whatever is biting it!

The snake in the video above seemed to have secured a honey badger meal – but the tables were quickly turned. After a fierce battle – with the snake and two jackals – the honey badger enjoyed a huge python feast! Is it normal for these ferocious little animals to dine on snakes? Yes, and they don’t care if it is the most venomous snake on the earth – they will eat it. Honey badgers eat puff adders and black mambas – some of Africa’s most deadly reptiles – regularly. They have developed immunity to venom – and there are cases of these fierce creatures receiving enough snake venom to kill two oxen with no adverse effect! Bee stings and scorpion stings don’t bother them either. No wonder the honey badger isn’t afraid of anything!

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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