According to the San Diego Zoo, honey badgers live up to 26 years in captivity. Their lifespan in the wild is unknown. This animal, whose proper name is "ratel," is part of the weasel family.
The popular name "honey badger" comes from the creature's habit of raiding hives to eat the bee larvae found in the honey. Honey badgers have thick skin that allows them to withstand porcupine quills, animal bites and bee stings. They are fierce fighters and are resistant to the effects of snake venom. These qualities, combined with the power of their noxious smell, help assure honey badgers' survival.