American Badger

(Taxidea taxus)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: They are generally 23.5 to 29.5 inches long and weigh 14 to 33 pounds. They have brown, black, and white fur that aids in camouflage in grassland habitats.

DIET: They eat pocket gophers, ground squirrels, moles, marmots, prairie dogs, deer mice, and voles. They are often seen pursuing prey to their dens or plugging den entrances with objects. They will also eat snakes.

HABITAT: Grasslands, farms, treeless areas with a supply of rodent prey. They are sometimes found in forests, meadows, marshes, brushy areas, hot deserts, and mountains.

NOTES: Generally nocturnal, sleeps in burrows. They can enter cycles of torpor or rest in the winter that can last around 29 hours.

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