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Difference Between Badger and Wolverine

Difference Between Badger and Wolverine


Badger vs. Wolverine

Pop culture has made both the terms wolverine and badger legendary: wolverine, often identified as the razor-clawed member of X-men, and badger, featured in a flash cartoon that became one of the top internet fads of all time. But these two are more than participants of pop culture.

The wolverine and the badger are furry and stocky mammals from the Mustelidae (Weasel) family. They are nocturnal species found in wintry districts. The wolverine, also known as the skunk bear, devil bear, carcajou, and glutton, live in the isolated North, particularly in Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, Russia, Baltic countries, Northern regions of Canada, China, and Mongolia. On the other hand, the badger, also referred to as the brock, resides in North America, Ireland, Great Britain, Southern Scandinavia, Eastern Japan, and China. Although both species are well geared to survive extremely cold climates, some physical variations between the two are apparent.

The wolverine, being the largest terrestrial mustelid, is more muscular and can weigh up to 80 pounds with a length of up to 36 inches. It can resemble a bear. Its fur is thicker, oilier, and more highly hydrophobic, making it resistant to water and frost. The badger, however, is hardly half the wolverine’s mass at 15-30 pounds, with a length of up to 30 inches. A badger’s fur is less resilient to frost, but this animal has devised an underground habitat called a sett to increase its survival from the cold. Additionally, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in volume; badgers are grouped in highly social clans of up to 13 adult members, while wolverines are generally solitary.

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Moreover, both animals are territorial by nature and are well known for scent-marking their territories and food with musky anal secretions. Both species have an infamous reputation for ferociousness and strength; in some accounts, they are even considered the two toughest members of the Weasel family. However, the wolverine is indubitably more energetic, clever, elusive, and receptive as compared to the badger, which, in turn, excels in physical versatility in ways of digging, swimming, and climbing. In terms of hunting and diet, the wolverine, a carnivore, is more accustomed to taking medium-sized mammals like deer, sheep, and small bears for its prey.

Furthermore, the wolverine’s fierceness and strength disproportionate to its size allows it to take prey on those of many times its size, such as moose. In contrast, the badger’s diet is mostly based on earthworms, insects, rodents, grubs, and amphibians. Its speed equips it to acquire fast-moving mammals such as rabbits and small variations of reptiles and birds above ground, in water, or on trees. Being omnivorous, it also feeds on fruits and roots. However, despite its hunting disposition, starvation, along parasitic damage, proves to be the main cause of death in adult badgers.

The average badger can live only up to two years; some may reach up to eight years. The wolverine outdoes it with an average lifespan of 17 staggering years. Sadly, both the wolverine and the badger now belong to the list of endangered animals due to exploitation of valuable parts, particularly their fur.


  1. Both the wolverine and the badger belong to the Mustelidae family. They are nocturnal hunters and are considered the two fiercest and toughest members of their kind.
  2. The wolverine is more massive, more resistant to frost, and more outfitted to hunt mammals many times its size.
  3. The badger, although smaller in size, is more agile in digging, swimming, and climbing. Thus, it is well equipped for hunting underground, aboveground, on trees, and in water.
  4. Despite a significant difference in the two species’ lifespans, both are now considered endangered due to abusive use of their fur.

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  1. My Dear Sir,
    It appears to me that you are not familiar with the African honey badger. That thing would challange lions and elephants, rhinos and Hyenas. Further it will take on any snake to include boas.
    They are afrai of nothing and quite frankly don’t care. They are4 extrememly smart/intelligent, they do not rest until they have solved a problem that confront them.

    • They have the same markings as the wolverine( the cape) but accentuated with a border.They have a serious attitude problem thatis, they think the earth and everything it it belongs to them, and will not hesitate to let you know it.

  2. I love them.

  3. Dear Sir.

    I do not like the African Honey Badger, and demand you refute your claim of enjoyment over them, or we shall meet beneath the old willow for pistols at dawn.


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