Arthur is our resident American Badger! He is four years old.
Description The badger is a brown fur-covered mammal with short legs and low profile. The head appears pointed and small for the body. They have short ears and a short, furry tail.
Diet Badgers are carnivorous (meat eating). They eat a variety of small animals, including pocket gophers, ground squirrels, moles, marmots, prairie dogs, deer mice and voles. They also eat insects and birds.
Reproduction Mating occurs in late summer or early autumn. Implantation is delayed until December or as late as February. Although a female is often pregnant for 7 months, the actual gestation is only 6 weeks. Newborn are blind and helpless with only a thin coat of fur. Eyes of the youngsters open at 4 to 6 weeks old.
Group Names: Cete, colony, set, company Scientific Name: Taxidae taxus Conservation Status: Least concern Lifespan: 9 to 15 years Body Length: 24 and 35 inches Weight: 8 to 26 pounds Gestation: 42 days Number of Young: 1 to 5 offspring Top Speed: 19 mph Distribution: Western and central North America, from central Canada to central Mexico.
Did You Know?
- American badgers are topnotch diggers, using their strong front limbs, easily permeating through the soil.
- Their homes are burrows. A usual burrow is located at the depth of 3 meters under the ground, containing a big ‘bedroom’, a sleeping chamber, while the total length of all tunnels is about 10 meters.