A Field Guide to the Prairie

Badger Badger
Taxidea taxus
Length: 71-86 cm (28-33 in.)
Habitat/Range: Badgers are found throughout western North America, from northern Mexico to southwestern Canada. They prefer open areas and inhabit places that are now meadow, pasture and cropland.
Eating Habits: The major prey of badgers is pocket gophers, ground squirrels, voles, mice and reptiles and amphibians. They hunt these animals by digging them out in underground burrows.
Badgers have short legs and long hair. Their front feet are strong and adapted for digging. The back and sides of their body are yellowish-gray colored. The feet, neck and nose are dark colored but have a white streak that runs from the nose to the ear.
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