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American Badger
American Badger
A female American Badger
Honey Badger
European Badger (Meles meles), Norway
Badgers are found living in the forests of Europe and western Asia, scavenging for roots and berries as well as worms and insects.

Amazingly badgers can run up to 30km an hour for short periods of time and have been known to successfully fight off bigger mammals such as wolves, coyotes and bears!

There have been occasional reports over the years of badgers being particularly aggressive towards dogs and even humans! The badger is capable of producing a painful bite, and some badgers are also known to carry a type of rabies.The most commonly known badgers are the white and black striped badgers in western Europe.

Badgers are thought to be related to otters and weasels and can often grow to nearly a meter in length! The badger lives in underground burrows which often contains a maze of tunnels. It is thought that when digging its den, the badger is capable of removing tonnes of soil!

Badger is the common name for any animal of the badger three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae. This is the same mammal family as the ferrets, the weasels, the otters, and several other types of carnivore meaning that the badger is most closely related to these animals.

There are eight different species of badger, and these badger species are split into three badger subfamilies, the badgers of Europe and Asia, the Ratel badger or honey badger, and the American badger. The Asian stink badger was once classified as a badger but today this badger species is thought to be more closely related to the skunk than the badger.

Typical badger species have short legs and badgers also tend to have a relatively heavy build. The badgers lower jaw is articulated to the badgers upper jaw meaning that it is almost impossible to dislocate the badgers jaw. This enables the badger to maintain its hold on the badgers prey with great ease, but limits the badgers jaw movement to hinging opening and shutting or sliding from side to side.


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Badger Translations

Czech Cesky
Jezevec americký
 
German Deutsch
Silberdachs
 
English English
American Badger
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Taksideo
 
Spanish Español
Taxidea taxus
 
Finnish Suomi
Amerikanmäyrä
 
French Français
Blaireau américain
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Američki jazavac
 
Hungarian Magyar
Amerikai borz
 
Italian Italiano
Taxidea taxus
 
Japanese 日本語
アメリカアナグマ
 
Dutch Nederlands
Zilverdas
 
Polish Polski
Borsuk amerykański
 
Portuguese Português
Texugo-americano
 
Swedish Svenska
Nordamerikansk grävling
 
Chinese 中文
美洲獾
 

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Badger Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Mustelidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Taxidiinae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Taxidea Taxus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
40cm - 75cm (16in - 29in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
11kg - 14kg (24lbs - 30lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
30km/h (18mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
4 - 10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Worms
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland and hedgerows
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Worms, Roots, Fruit
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Eagle, Wildcats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Flattened body and long claws

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