Latin Name: Taxidea taxus
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Average Length: 50 - 85 cm
Average Weight: 5 - 10 kg
Distribution: North America
The American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
is found in parts of Mexico, the United States of America
and Canada. They prefer to stay in wide open areas with deep
but dry soil. They burrow and dig in the ground.
American Badgers have a very stocky and
low body with very shaggy looking fur. The color of their
fur ranges from a dark grey to a reddish brown. As you can
see from the picture, their faces are white with wide black
lines. American Badgers also have a white
stripe running down their backs, which extends onto their
face and down their nose.
Their legs are very powerful and short. Along with their
enlongated and very sharp claws, their legs are made for digging.
Thei tails are short, making up only about 12 cm of their
total length. Population of American Badgers
in the northern areas of North America are generally larger
than populations in the south.
|- Kingdom: Animalia
| - Phylum: Chordata
| - Class: Mammalia
| - Order: Carnivora
| - Family: Mustelidae
| - Genus: Taxidea
| - Species: Taxidea