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Taxidea taxus

  • Habitat: Dry, open grasslands, fields, and pastures. They are found from high alpine meadows to sea level.
  • Status: Least concern
  • Population Trend: Decreasing
  • Diet: Birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and terrestrial non-insect arthropods
  • Weight: 10 - 26 lbs. Females are larger than males
  • Size: 1' - 2' long; 25" - 35" tall
  • Lifespan: 5 - 10 years in the wild; up to 26 years in human care
  • Wild population in Arizona: Unspecified
  • Interesting Facts:
    • American Badgers help to control rodent populations.
    • American Badgers can reach a top speed of 20 mph.
    • Except for the head, the American badger is covered with a grizzled, brown, black, and white coat of coarse hair or fur, giving almost a mixed brown-tan appearance. The coat aids in camouflage in grassland habitats. Its triangular face shows a distinctive black and white pattern, with brown or blackish "badges" marking the cheeks and a white stripe extending from the nose to the base of the head.