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American Badger
Photographer: Alan D Wilson of www.naturespicsonline.com

American Badgers
Photographer: Alan D Wilson of www.naturespicsonline.com

American Badger Range Map (North America)
American Badger Range Map (North America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Taxidea taxus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location North America
Colour Grey, Black & White
Length 42 - 72 cms (16.5 - 28 inches)
Tail 10 - 16 cms (4 - 6.5 inches)
Weight 4 - 12 Kgs (8.75 - 26 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 14 Yrs

Main Characteristics

American Badgers have a body length of 42 - 72 cms (16.5 - 28 inches), a tail length between 10 and 16 cms (4 - 6.5 inches) and they weigh between 4 and 12 kgs (8.75 - 26 lbs).

Their shaggy coat is grizzled grey in colour and they have a yellow/white underside. Their legs are black and they have white cheeks and a thin, white stripe on their head.


American Badgers can be found in open country and deciduous woodlands in North America. They are solitary and mainly nocturnal.


American Badgers mainly feed on small mammals such as mice, prairie dogs and ground squirrels.


American Badgers breed from summer to early autumn and following a 7 month pregnancy, which includes a 5.5 month period of delayed implantation, 1 - 5 cubs are born in a burrow. The youngsters are weaned at 6 weeks old and they disperse soon afterwards.


Humans are the main predators of American Badgers.


Subspecies of the American Badger include:

Taxidea taxus berlandieri
Taxidea taxus jacksoni
Taxidea taxus jeffersonii
Taxidea taxus taxus

Interesting Facts

In Mexico, American Badgers are sometimes known as 'tlacoyote'.

Similar Animals

Hog Badger
Asian Badger
Honey Badger
Japanese Badger
Eurasian Badger


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