Badger Facts

Badger factsPhoto by Eric Peterson

Badger Facts

What does a badger look like?
  • Badgers have long gray guard hairs, black cheek spots and a white stripe from nose to forehead.
  • They have strong, short legs with long claws on their front feet.
How big are they?
  • Badgers weigh 14-22 pounds.
Where do they live?
  • Badgers are commonly found in the grasslands and deserts of Utah.
What do they eat?
  • Rodents are their main prey, but they will also eat insects, birds, eggs, reptiles, and some vegetation.
What eats them?

Did you know?

Badgers are a member of the group of animals called mustelidae which also includes weasels and skunks.

  • The long, strong claws on their front feet are used for digging out rodents.
  • They are nocturnal, but can sometimes be seen at dawn and dusk.
  • Badgers can put on an aggressive display when cornered, hissing, growling and snarling loudly.
Threats to badgers:
  • They are threatened by habitat loss due to agricultural and collisions with vehicles while crossing roads.