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