Taxidea taxus


This member of the weasel family can be up to 3 feet long and up to 30 pounds in weight. It's long, sharp claws and powerful, squat body make it a formidable excavator. The white stripe down the middle of its forehead make it relatively easy to identify among the carnivores found in our nature centers. 

Because badgers hunt mostly small ground dwelling mammals at night, they are not often seen in our two nature centers during the day. But they are probably not uncommon based on what appear to be scattered dens in both grasslands and woodlands of our nature centers. Their breeding territory is about 1 to 2 square miles. 

Badgers are known to be feisty, standing their ground against larger animals and even humans when challenged, at least temporarily. 

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