Habitat of the badger
Habitat of the badger
 
 
Drawing of an adult badger
Drawing of an adult badger
 
 
Close-up of the badger
Close-up of the badger
 
 
Close-up of the strong front claws of a badger
Close-up of the strong front claws of a badger
 
 
A badger eating
A badger eating
 
 
A badger in a burrow
A badger in a burrow
 
 
A family of badgers
A family of badgers
 
Badger
Topic(s):   Grassland Animals, Lewis & Clark Animals, Mammals, Prairie Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) temperate grasslands, deciduous forest
Habitat plains, prairies, farmlands, open woodlands
Diet rodents, birds, snakes, insects, worms
Male boar
Female sow
Baby kit, cub
Group cete
Predators bobcats, golden eagles, cougars
Endangered no

A badger is a great digger. It has strong front paws. Its teeth and claws are very sharp. It has short legs and a flat body. A badgerís face is triangular. It has a white stripe running from its nose to the back of its head.

The badger lives alone. In North America, it lives on dry plains or open prairies. A badger uses many burrows and dens. It may have one for sleeping, one for storing food and one for hunting.

A badger digs its prey out of the ground. It eats small mammals, snakes, and insects. It can dig into an animalís burrow and hide to wait for the animal to return. The badger may bury food to store and eat later. It is mainly active at night.

A badger lives four to ten years in the wild. When cornered by a predator, it is a fierce fighter. Its jaw is very strong. The fur lies loose on its muscular neck. It is hard for an attacker to bite the badgerís neck.

Badger fur was once used to make brushes for painting and shaving!

Resource information

American Badger - Taxidea taxus - NatureWorks. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/americanbadger.htm

American Badger | Taxidea taxus | Mammal. (n.d.). Wildlife North America. Retrieved from http://www.wildlifenorthamerica.com/Mammal/American- Badger/Taxidea/taxus.html

BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species, Critter Catalog, Taxidea taxus, American badger. (2001-12). Retrieved from http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Taxidea_taxus/

National Geographic Society (U.S.) (1998). National Geographic book of mammals. Washington, D.C: The Society.

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