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Taxidea taxus (American Badger; badger)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico, and south-central Canada to certain areas of southwestern British Columbia. American badger habitat is typefied by open grasslands with available prey (such as mice, squirrels, and groundhogs). The species prefers areas such as prairie regions with sandy loam soils where it can dig more easily for its prey.
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Infraspecies

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
8
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
33
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.67
EDGE Score: 2.87

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  17.637 lbs (8.00 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  94 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [2]  20 %
Diet - Endothermic [2]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  6 months 3 days
Male Maturity [1]  1 year 2 months
Gestation [1]  41 days
Hibernates [3]  Yes
Litter Size [1]  3
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  25 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Weaning [1]  56 days

Ecoregions

Protected Areas

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Ecosystems

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Emblem of

Wisconsin

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Predators

Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[4]

Consumers

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map

Distribution

Cedar Creek LTER Site; Middle America; North America;

External References

Photos

Citations

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