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As of date, I have yet to see a badger in the wild during my explorations of the Southwest… maybe one day.
Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the families Mustelidae (which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, and ferrets), and Mephitidae (which also includes the skunks).
What is a Badger
Oh my… look at that face!
More about badgers:
Badgers have rather short, widebodies, with short legs for digging.
They have elongated, weasel-like heads with small ears.
Their tails vary in length depending on species; the stink badger has a very short tail, while the ferret badger’s tail can be 46–51 cm (18–20 in) long, depending on age.
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Badger – Taxidea taxus
Found in all life zones, but most numerous in deep soils of desert valleys.
20 to 34 inches (52 to 87 cm) long, weight 15 to 30 pounds (7.5 to 15 kg).
Broad, heavy build and short, bowed legs give flattish appearance.
Shaggy coat, grizzled gray to brown in color.
White stripe from shoulder to pointed, slightly upturned snout.
Tail short, bushy, yellowish color.
Cheeks white with black patch.
Feet dark, armed with stout claws up to 1.5 inches (4 cm) long.
Small rodents, ground dwelling birds and their eggs.
Once common in West from southern California to central Mexico, exterminated over large part of range because its burrows are a danger to legs of horse and cattle.
ADAPTATION FOR SURVIVAL
A shy member of the weasel family with same powerful tools they all have: long claws, sharp teeth, loose skin, strong scent glands.
Very courageous fighter, especially if concerned.
Excellent for rodent control; coyote sometimes teams up with badger in dispatching rodents from burrows the badger has found and dug out.
Mostly nocturnal, but occasionally seen in mid-day.
Avoids humans; seldom seen.
What is a Badger
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.