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American Badger

Taxidae taxus


American Badgers (Taxidae taxus) are mainly nocturnal-sleeping during the day and living at night. But sometimes, during the seasonal part of the year, these badgers come out from their burrows to forage, and in this one's case, soak up some sun! Badgers are impressive hunters, regularly digging out their prey-mostly rodents like pockets gophers, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs. Occasionally, coyotes will wait near by while the the badger digs out prey and, trying to escape the badger, the prey runs into the jaws of the waiting coyote.


Many other animals will live in the badger's tunnels after they have abandon them. The tunnels are wide and spacious enough to accommodate all types of animals ranging from Tiger Salamanders and California Red-legged Frogs to skunks, foxes, and Burrowing Owls.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Thank you Emily and Leuba. You could imagine my surprise when I saw that face too!

EmilyMarino 8 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Interesting information and of course a great spotting ! Looking at the face front-on, I did not believe it to be a badger - nice shots !!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Thank you very much!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Thank you Mark, Stirred, and Yasser! Yes, it was really something.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Nice spotting Joshua... thanks.

StirredMocha 8 years ago

Gorgeous shot!

Yasser 8 years ago

Josh, this is so awesome!

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2013
Submitted on Oct 7, 2014

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