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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