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American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
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Badger (Taxidea taxus)

Order Carnivora: Carnivores; Family Mustelidae, Weasels

American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) are medium-sized (size of a small dog) predator-scavengers. They are heavy bodied with short legs and a short tail. The face is black-and-white patterned with a white stripe from the top of the nose over the forehead and onto the back of the head, white cheeks, and black spots below the eyes. The front claws are extremely long.

Badgers eat anything that doesn't run faster than they do, but their diet consists mainly of mice and ground squirrels, which they dig out of their burrows.

Badger (Taxidea taxus) Badgers are chiefly nocturnal. In the southwest, they mostly occur in desert valleys with deep soils that permit easy digging, but they also get up into the mountains. Uncommon around Las Vegas, keep an eye out everywhere, but don't expect to see them anywhere.
American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger in Basin and Range National Monument
American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger in a Boulder City backyard
American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow, notice long pile of dirt
American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow (close up)
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the white stripe from the nose to the back of the head
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the extremely large claws
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the large opening and large dirt mound
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the large opening and curving tunnel
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the large claw marks on this side of the tunnel
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Notice the large claw marks on this side and top of the tunnel
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow showing marks left by long, widely spaced claws
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow on the side of a low hill
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Badger burrow; notice the very long apron
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow; notice the very long apron
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger burrow; notice the very long apron
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
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Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger claw marks on the side of a Kit Fox burrow
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger digging out a rodent; tasty dinner?
Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Badger skull (lateral view)
Badger skull
Badger skull (dorsal view; photo courtesy 321goExplore)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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