11 Facts About American badger


American badger is a North American badger similar in appearance to the European badger, although not closely related.

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American badger's habitat is typified by open grasslands with available prey.

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American badger is a member of the Mustelidae, a diverse family of carnivorous mammals that includes weasels, otters, ferrets, and the wolverine.

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The American badger belongs to the Taxidiinae, one of four subfamilies of mustelid badgers – the other three being the Melinae, the Helictidinae and the Mellivorinae ; the so-called stink badgers are mephitids.

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The Spanish word for badger is tejon, but in Mexico this word is used to describe the coati.

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American badger has most of the general characteristics common to badgers; with stocky and low-slung bodies with short, powerful legs, they are identifiable by their huge foreclaws and distinctive head markings.

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The mechanical advantage in American badger forelimbs is increased by the specialized olecranon process and bones such as the radius and metacarpals.

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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.

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The American badger is a significant predator of snakes including rattlesnakes, and is considered the most important predator of rattlesnakes in South Dakota.

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American badger has been seen working with a coyote in tandem while hunting.

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In Manitoba aspen parklands, American badger abundance was positively associated with the abundance of Richardson's ground squirrels.

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