American Badger

Description

The American badger is one of many carnivorous North American mammals. Their color is dark gray with a white stripe on its back, white patches on its eyes, and a white underbody. 

The American badger measures from 60 to 75 cm and weighs from 6.3 to 8.6 kg. This carnivore eats mice, squirrels, groundhogs, moles, marmots, and prairie dogs. 

They live in grasslands, prairies, marshes, and farms. Their lifespan is four to fourteen years in the wild and twenty six in captivity.

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Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
SubfamilyTaxidiinae
GenusTaxidea
Binomial nameTaxidea taxus