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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: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

Badger Location

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Badger

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.

Badger Translations

Cesky
Jezevec americký
Deutsch
Silberdachs
English
American Badger
Esperanto
Taksideo
Español
Taxidea taxus
Suomi
Amerikanmäyrä
Français
Blaireau américain
Hrvatski
Američki jazavac
Magyar
Amerikai borz
Italiano
Taxidea taxus
日本語
アメリカアナグマ
Nederlands
Zilverdas
Polski
Borsuk amerykański
Português
Texugo-americano
Svenska
Nordamerikansk grävling
中文
美洲獾

Badger Comments

Kira
"Omg, once I saw a badger and I literally freaked out. But now I see they're really cute! ;)"
Badjur
"Badgers are really cool. Like really cool"
O N
"Theres a turtle! as the logo"
jaylin
"cute"
pETERSEN
"anyone heard of a brown badger in South Texas?"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 16th February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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