Badgers are carnivores of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, ermines, minks, ferrets, skinks, otter, and wolverines.
They are large, powerful, mainly nocturnal animal, which has no natural predators. Badgers have a natural life span of around 10-15 years.
Badgers live in many habitats including grasslands and forests. The American badger lives in the western part of North America. The Eurasian badger can be found in Europe and Asia. The other types live in Southeast Asia.
Most badgers have gray or brown fur. Many types have black-and-white marks on the face and back.
In the West the animal’s character is generally seen as negative, sly, solitary, clumsy and secretive. Studies in England showed that badgers organized in clans of a dozen individuals live in extensive and complex burrows that may used for decades or even centuries.
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