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Badger

Taxidea taxus
big badger

Badgers are most commonly found near their den sites, which are often constructed on the tops of hills in soft soils. They are carnivorous and primarily feed on small mammals, but will also consume ground nesting birds in the spring and summer. Badgers are extraordinary diggers, and often catch their prey underground. In the cold winter months of Modoc county, badgers go into a state of "torpor", which entails lowering of the body temperature and virtually no activity. Once active again in the spring, females awake and prepare for giving birth, during which they will have a litter of between 1 and 5 offspring. 

 
The Modoc NWR tour route is a great place to see a badger. Take a good look at the top of hills, and be patient!

Facts About Badger

Average Length 
20-36 inches
Average Weight 
11-22 pounds
Average Lifespan 
5-10 years
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2013
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