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Badger is the common name for any animal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: the same mammal family as the ferrets, the weasels, the otters, and several other types of carnivore. There are 9 species of badger, in three subfamilies: Melinae (the Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae, (the Ratel or Honey Badger), and Taxidiinae (the American Badger).

Typical badgers are short-legged and heavy-set. The lower jaw is articulated to the upper, by means of a transverse condyle firmly locked into a long cavity of the cranium, so that dislocation of the jaw is all but impossible. This enables the badger to maintain its hold with the utmost tenacity.

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American Badger
The badger's fur is grayish and grizzled with black. It has a "badge-like" black marking on its face, which is accentuated by white that extends from the face rearward..

American Badger
The American badger has a flat body with short legs and a triangular face with a long, pointed..

Badger Video
Video of a badger in the wild

Badger Video
Video footage of a wild badger in Missouri grassland habita

American Badger
A rather large, robust, short-legged "weasel"; body broad and squat; tail short, thick and bushy, usually shorter than the outstretched hind le

Badger Animal Pictures and Illustrations
Free Badger Animal Pictures and Illustrations

American Badger
Badgers habitat information.

American Badger
Badgers are found primarily in the Great Plains region of North America. Badgers occur north through the central western Canadian provinces

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