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American Badger

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Latin Name: Taxidea taxus
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Average Length: 50 - 85 cm
Average Weight: 5 - 10 kg
Distribution: North America

Description

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.

Classification

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

         
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