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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Badger

Badger
Badger - Taxidea taxus
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NPS Photo by Tom Bean
 

Class

Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae, weasel family (long slender bodies, short legs) include skunks, mink, otter, weasel, martens, badger, wolverine.
Genus Taxidea
Species taxus
Name/
History
Marks on the face looks like a badge.
Size
Weight (lbs)

Male
17-25

Female
13-20

Young
Achieves
adult size
by fall

Height (in)

22-28

18-22

Tail (in) 3-4
Rut July-August, promiscuous
Gestation Delayed implantation, fetus does not develop until February
Birth February-May above ground by themselves in 4-5 weeks, but tire easily. If they are moved they are probably carried by mother.
# young 2-5
Age 12 years
Habitat/
Range

Open grasslands, deserts. Lives in own burrow. Range northern Canada to central Mexico, Pacific coast to central lakes states.

Food Rodents, vegetation, birds
Predators Humans (occasionally coyotes)
Disease Rabies, tularemia
Communication

Scent seems to play dominant role.

Behavior/
Characteristics
Mostly nocturnal, solitary.


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