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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Taxidea
Genus species:Taxidea taxus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:42-72 cm
Weight:3.5-12 kg
Identification:The top of the American badger's body is gray to reddish in color. Its underside is yellowish. The badger's feet are dark brown or black. A white stripe runs down the center of the head from the shoulders to the nose.
Habitat:Arid grasslands, burrows underground
Diet:Carnivore: squirrels, mice, rabbits, carrion
Reproduction:Although these badgers mate in August or September, implantation of the fertilized egg is delayed until February. Litters of 1-5 cubs are born in April in an underground nest. They are weaned when they are eight weeks old and will remain with the female until the following fall.
Badgers are generally solitary, living in large burrows called 'sets'
Behavior:Some individuals have developed hunting strategies with coyotes that are poorly understood.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The American badger is the Wisconsin state animal.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
Southern North America
Date:1969-07 Subjects:American badger
weasel
Taxidea
Badgers
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals