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Badger(Meles meles) informations, facts - classicanimal.com

Badgers(Meles meles) are small mammals with flat, wedge-shaped bodies, broad feet with long claws. All of these animals are members of Mustelidae. Badgers are a polyphyletic grouping, and are not a natural taxonomic grouping: badgers are united by their squat bodies, adapted for fossorial activity. There have 11 species of mustelid badgers which are grouped in four subfamilies: Melinae, Helictidinae, Mellivorinae, and Taxideinae.

Information

Name

Common Name: Badger(Meles meles)
Scientific Name: Badger(Meles meles)

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Genus: Camelus
Family: Camelidae
Group: Mammal
Number of Species: 11
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Living & Habitat

Living Locations: North America, Ireland, Great Britain, Europe
Habitat: Woodland

Physical Classification

Color: Brown, Black, Grey
Skin Type: Fur
Weight: 1.8 kg to 16 kg (Approx)
Size: 23 cm to 28 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 30 km/h(Approx)

Diet

Diet: Omnivores
Favorite Food: Fruit, Brazil nuts, Mealworms
Predators: Bears, Gray wolves

Lifestyle

Lifespan: Up to 24 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 9 to 12 Months
Gestation Period: 43 to 181
Average Litter Size: 1 to 4
Baby Name: Cub
Age of Weaning: 12 Weeks

Facts

  • The word "Badger", originally applied to the European badger (Meles meles), comes from earlier Bageard(16th century).

  • Badgers are nocturnal mammals. Badgers have stocky bodies with short legs that are suitable for digging. They dig burrows underground called a sett. Their sett is often a maze of tunnels and chambers for sleeping around 6 badgers, setts are kept very clean.

  • Badger lives in groups of about six in underground burrows called “setts.” These setts can survive for centuries, housing generation after generation of badgers.

  • This is part of the reason why the animal has a reputation for being fearless. Venomous bites and stings can affect honey badgers, but—thanks to their thick, tough skin—they usually survive.

  • It’s true that the honey badger has the Guinness Book of World Records title of "World's Most Fearless Creature".

  • Badgers have rather short, wide bodies, with short legs for digging. They have elongated, weasel-like heads with small ears.

  

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