I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. Here is week two – I will be having animals as my theme.
Last week we covered A for Aardvark. Today we will learn about the Badger.
There are EIGHT different species of badgers. Most badgers are large, nocturnal, burrowing animals, with broad, heavy bodies, long snouts, large, sharp claws, and long, grizzled fur. The American badger, Taxidea taxus, is about 2 ft long and weighs 12 to 24 lb; it is very short-legged, which gives its body a flattened appearance. The fur is yellowish gray and the face black, with a white stripe over the forehead and around each eye.
The word badger is said to derive from the French ‘bêcheur’ meaning ‘digger’. The Welsh name for badgers is ‘moch daear’ which translates to ‘earth pig’. They are primarily found in the plains of North America.
Badgers live underground in places they dig out themselves. These are called “sets”. Each set has multiple areas, some for sleeping and some for having young. Most sets have multiple entrances / exits. They move dirt faster than any other mammal (including a human with a shovel)!
They are very clean animals – they do not bring food nor do they go to the bathroom in their setts.
A male badger is called a boar, a female is a sow and the young are called cubs. Badgers are born blind and helpless with only a thin coat of fur. Their eyes open at 4 to 6 weeks old. They are nursed until they are 2 to 3 months old. The cubs may emerge from the den as early as 5 to 6 weeks old. Juveniles leave the den at 5 to 6 months.
Their life spam is 11 – 13 years.
Badgers eat mice, woodchucks, voles, ground squirrels, toads, snakes and other small animals they can dig for.
Come back next week when we cover the letter C and discuss the Capybara.
Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!
Enjoy the journey!