Badgers

Badgers

Fearless. That’s the word to describe badgers. They will stand up to bears and wolves, to coyotes, hyenas and jackals. The honey badger, native to Africa, India and southwest Asia, will defend itself valiantly against a pride of lions. Nature has given the badger a host of self-defense attributes like powerful jaws. A badger will eat the bones of its prey. Badgers are amazingly immune to venom. A badger’s skin is so loose, rubbery and strong that most predators ignore this animal as a food source.

Videos of Badgers: This 3-minute video features an encounter with an American badger. Here’s 1.5-minute video of a badger facing off with a leopard.

FunFacts about Badgers: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the families Mustelidae (which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, and ferrets), and Mephitidae (which also includes the skunks). The European badger is one of the largest; the American badger, the hog badger, and the honey badger are generally a little smaller and lighter. Stink badgers are smaller still, and ferret badgers smallest of all. They weigh around 9–11 kg (20–24 lb), while some Eurasian badgers weigh around 18 kg (40 lb). (Source)
  • Badgers and skunks are loosely related.
  • The Asiatic stink badger is genetically closer to skunks.
  • There are several species of badgers which include the European badger, the ferret-badger, the honey badger and the American badger.
  • All badgers have squat bodies.
  • The long face gives the jaw biting strength.
  • A badger’s short legs help with digging.
  • Badgers have small ears.
  • Names for badger family members and colonies, quote: A male European badger is a boar, a female is a sow, and a young badger is a cub. In North America the young are usually called kits, while the terms male and female are generally used for adults. A collective name suggested for a group of colonial badgers is a cete, but badger colonies are more often called clans. A badger’s home is called a sett. (Source)
  • Location of badgers throughout the world, quote: Badgers are found in much of North America, Ireland, Great Britain and most of the rest of Europe as far north as southern Scandinavia. They live as far east as Japan and China. The Javan ferret-badger lives in Indonesia, and the Bornean ferret-badger lives in Malaysia. The honey badger is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Desert, southern Levant, Turkmenistan, and India. (Source)
  • All badgers live underground.
  • Some badgers are solitary while others live in clans.
  • Badgers are omnivores and have a varied diet, from worms and insects, to bird eggs, to roots and fruit, to small mammals.
  • In Britain, the badger is the main predator of the hedgehog.
  • American badgers find most of their food underground and can dig after rodents with great speed.
  • Badgers can become intoxicated with alcohol after eating rotting fruit.
  • The Dachshund (German for “badger hound”) was bred to hunt badgers.
  • Badger pelts were used for centuries for making shaving brushes.
  • Badgers can be tamed and kept as pets.

 

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33 thoughts on “Badgers

  1. Badgers are strange looking creatures to me, maybe that’s why no particular picture calls to me. Never seen one in the wild as I don’t believe we have them in Australia. I’m more drawn to the dachshunds bred to hunt them. Thanks Caris! Dianne, Sydney, Australia

  2. Love the pictures, I find their different colors of their fur interesting. I enjoyed the videos. I have never seen a badger in person just in pictures.

  3. They don’t look that dangerous but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with one. I like the marking/stripes on their face.

  4. I think badgers are so cute. The fact that they are so gutsy and will stand up to much larger animals makes them my hero. Love that.

  5. Liked the pictures and the videos. Couldn’t get over that small badger fighting off the leopard, that was really something. Their faces remind me of a skunk. AZ

  6. I love badgers, but maybe that’s from living in WI? I adored the pic of the badger with his about in the fence. He looks so cute and cuddly, but I know better. They can be wicked aggressive and will always defend themselves, their young, and their homes.

  7. I’ve read about these animals in Britain, but did not realize there were different types of them. As well, it’s nice to see “up close and personal” pictures. If I ever saw one in the wild, I would give it a wide berth. I especially like the last photo which gives a good picture of the entire animal.

    Fort Myers. Florida

  8. I never realized there were so many different kinds of badgers. I’d love to see a drunk one. I can totally picture a dachshund squirming underground tracking badgers.

  9. While the pics are amazing and they are very interesting creatures, they are also extremely dangerous. You definitely don’t want to corner one. They have seriously hurt both people and dogs in whose yards they have found themselves, mine included. Cats don’t fare well at all.

  10. Badgers really aren’t a cute animal. They remind me of an aardvark. I like the picture of the badger looking over the log.

    NY

  11. I’ve heard of hyenas fighting off the big cats, but I never thought in a thousand years a badger who could win a faceoff with a big cat.

  12. Aren’t the little gadgets fearless. The different coloring of them. The leopard sure wasn’t going back down was he lol. Amazing something so small is so fearless. I bet Coyote in the first video wouldn’t be that close to the on after the leopard.:)

  13. These guys are fascinating! I would love to be able to watch them in their natural setting but, somehow, I don’t think I’ll find any in the desert here in SoCal.

  14. Wisconsin is called the Badger State and is the mascot of the University to Wisconsin. Very interesting article.
    Barb G from Osceola, Wisconsin

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