Where do badgers get their food?

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Badgers are carnivorous. Their dominant prey are pocket gophers, ground squirrels, moles, marmots, prairie dogs, woodrats, kangaroo ratsThe badger is an omnivore that eats almost anything edible, including fruits, roots, nuts, eggs, young birds, small animals, frogs, snails, worms, and insects. Food and feeding behaviourThe badgers are members of the order carnivora, the flesh-eating mammals. An examination of a badger skull shows that they have the long, pointed canine teeth and jagged pre-molars that are typical of the carnivores. However, their molars or back teeth are rather different from those of most of the other carnivores. Instead of sharp, pointed teeth designed to cut through meat, there are broader and flatter teeth, more suited to crushing insects, molluscs and plant material. This suggests that the badgers are adapted to a more varied diet, and indeed the badgers are in fact omnivorous, and eat a wide variety of plant and animal food. However, animal food sources form the major part of the diet of all of the badger species.The types of foods eaten by the world's badgers are as follows:
  • Mammals - Small mammals are a regular feature in the diets of the Eurasian badger, the American badger and the honey badger. The American badger is something of a small mammal specialist, and derives much of its food by digging mice, gophers, chipmunks, prairie dogs and other species from their underground burrows. The honey badger often takes larger mammals, including young antelope. Mammals are generally do not form a high proportion of the Eurasian badger's diet. However, in parts of Spain where other foods are scarce, rabbits are an important source of food for this species.
  • Birds - Birds do not form a major part of the diet of any of the badger species. The Eurasian, American and honey badgers are all known to take ground-nesting birds and their eggs from time to time however, and the honey badger will even climb trees to rais the nests of birds as large as vultures.
  • Reptiles - In the Kalahari in Africa, a field study has shown that reptiles form a major part of the diet of the honey badger. This species eats a wide variety of reptiles including tortoises, turtles, small crocodiles, lizards and snakes (including cobras, black mambas and medium-sized pythons!). The Eurasian and American badgers are also known to eat snakes and lizards.
  • Amphibians. It is likely that all of the badger species eat frogs (and no doubt the occasional toad) when they come across them. Frogs are one of the three most important foods for the Chinese ferret badger in Taiwan, and possibly elsewhere.
  • Fish - Both the Eurasian badger and the honey badger are known to eat fish from time to time.
  • Carrion - Just about all of the badgers species will scavenge from dead animals, including those left by other predators. Carrion can be an important source of food for the Eurasian badger during northern winters, when other foods are in short supply. The honey badger in India is known to have dug up and eaten from human corpses buried in shallow graves.
  • Earthworms - These humble creatures are the single most important food item for Eurasian badgers in much of western Europe, forming as much as 60% of the diet. Earthworms also feature heavily in the diets of hog badgers, ferret badgers and stink badgers.
  • Other invertebrates - A wide range of other 'creepy crawlies' are eaten by the world's badgers. Insects (such as the larvae of beetles, bees, wasps and moths, and occasionally the adults), scorpions, spiders and molluscs (particularly snails) are all devoured by most species of badgers. Molluscs are an important food source for the ferret badgers, while the honey badger is well known for raiding bee hives to obtain the larvae, and of course the next item on this list . . .
  • Honey - The honey badger is well named, as it is very fond of this sweet foodstuff. Both wild and domesticated bees are vulnerable to attack. The Eurasian badger also digs up the nests of wild bees, and occasionally attacks the hives of domesticated honeybees.
  • Fruits and nuts - Most badgers will take fruit when it is available. Even the highly carnivorous honey badger is known to eat wild melons in the Kalahari. Fruits and nuts are very important for Eurasian badgers in the autumn when they are building up their fat reserves for winter. Fruits, particularly olives, also form a major part of this species' diet in parts of some southern European countries.
  • Cereals - Eurasian badgers will feed on cultivated cereals such as wheat, oats and barley when these are available.
Roots, bulbs and tubers - Eurasian and hog badgers both dig and root about in the ground
Badgers {Meles, Arctonyx, Taxidea and Mellivora species} are short-legged and heavy-set creatures. Powerful diggers and take much of their food from underground.
The American Badger is a fossorial carnivore meaning much of its food comes from digging underground for mice, moles and rabbits in their dens.The Eurasian badgers diet consists of earthworms, grubs and insects. They will take small mammals reptiles and birds along with fruit and seeds so are considered omnivore.
The Honey badger eats snakes, honey, the bee's that make the honey and various other insects and mammals.The North American Badger is a fossorial carnivore. It preys predominantly on pocket gophers, ground squirrels, moles, marmots, prairie dogs, pika, woodrats, kangaroo rats, deer mice, and voles, often digging to pursue prey into their dens, and sometimes plugging tunnel entrances with objects. They also prey on ground-nesting birds such as bank swallow or sand martin and burrowing owl, lizards, amphibians, carrion, fish, skunks, insects, including bees and honeycomb and some plant foods such as maize, peas, green beans, mushrooms and other fungi, and sunflower seeds.
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Where do badgers live?

They live in America, Europe and Asia and found near the woods . They live in setts, they are like a small underground cave that they dig out.

Do badgers hibernate?

Answer Badgers do not hibernate but they are less active in cold weather and can live underground for days without food. yup

What is badger-baiting?

\n. \nBadger-baiting involving the baiting of badgers, is a blood sport outlawed in the United Kingdom by the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835 as well as the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.\n. \n. \nThe badger is a usually docile creature but is vicious cornered or threatened, possessing a vicious and (MORE)

What do badgers eat?

Badgers usually dig for their food. They like earthworms, grubs,and insects. They also eat reptiles, amphibians such as frogs, andsmall mammals and ground nesting birds. Cereals, fruit, and rootsare also eaten. The African Honey Badger likes honey, even climbing trees to raidhives. It also eats por (MORE)

What do badgers do in the rain?

A badgers staple diet is earthworms, when the weather conditions are mild and damp, badgers will head for areas where they know to find worms on the surface.

Why were badgers gassed?

\nMany badgers in Europe were gassed during the 1960s and 1970s to control rabies. Until the 1980s, gassing was also practiced in the UK to control the spread of bovine TB.

What is a badgers nickname?

The name badger is possibly derived from the French word blaireau being used in both senses. But more likely, the term comes from the French word bêcheur (digger), introduced during William the Conqueror's reign. An older term for "badger" is brock (Old English brocc), a Celtic loanword (Gaelic b (MORE)

How long is a badger?

The common badger (also called the European badger) is up to 90 cm (35 in) long, and the American badger is about 60 cm (24 in) long.

What is a badger?

Badgers are carnivorous mammals and is a common name for any animal of three subfamilies, in the family Mustelidae: the same mammal family as ferrets, weasels, otters, and several other types of weasels. Typical badgers like Meles, Arctonyx, Taxidea and Mellivora species are short-legged and heav (MORE)

Why do badgers smell?

\nBadgers take considerable care over their grooming and scent plays an important part in the social hierarchy too. Adults set scent on each other and on cubs - in this way a composite smell characteristic of the whole community can create the smell of the group. This smell will be different from th (MORE)

What preys on badgers?

\n\nPredators\n. \nAdult badgers have few natural enemies. Badgers are fierce animals and will protect themselves and their young at all costs. Badgers are capable of fighting off much larger animals such as wolves, coyotes and bears, but badger cubs are sometimes killed and eaten by foxes or they (MORE)

Do badgers have whiskers?

Badgers have sensitive whiskers on either side of their faces. Theyuse their whiskers to feel their way around in dark tunnels.

How are badgers adapted?

Basically, any way it has an advantage over another animal in the same habitat. Like having long nails and sharp teeth.

Pictures of Badgers?

A badger looks much like a skunk. A badger does not have a whitestripe running down its back, though. A badger might have a whitestripe on the face and the rest of its body is dark brown or black.

What are badgers predators?

You mean Eurasian Badgers? Eurasian Badgers have few predators and competitors. They are known for being as tenacious as hell and they are very durable. Eurasian Badgers compete with Raccoon Dogs, Red Foxes, Eurasian Lynx and the Wolverine. Brown Bears, Siberian Tigers, Wolves, and Eurasian Lynx are (MORE)

Is the badger a rodent?

No specifically a badger is a mustelid, a member of the weasel family along with ferrets, wolverines, and otters. . They are all carnivores, like a feline (cat) or a canine (dog), but felines, canines, and mustelids are all carnivores yet the three groups are unrelated.

What is a honey badger?

The honey badger-also known as ratal- is part of the Mustelidae family. Honey badgers are not anything to do with badgers, they are only called honey badgers because in french, badger means the word "dig", honey badgers are very extreme when it comes to claws and teeth. Claws are used for digging an (MORE)

Is a badger endangered?

Yes, the badger is an endangered species, they are listed on the IUCN Red List and also several subspecies are protected under laws in the UK. There are 12 different badger species listed on the IUCN Red List. Three of those are listed as "data deficient" with a population growth trend of "unknown", (MORE)

Are badgers rodents?

Badgers are not considered rodents. They are classified in theorder Carnivora, even though they are omnivores. Rodents are in theorder Rodentia.

Are badgers predators?

Badgers are primarily omnivores. Eurasian Badgers have one of the most varied diet of all animals in the Carnivora family, only Raccoons and bears have a more varied diet. Eurasian Badgers primarily eat earthworms, often digging up gardens for them. Eurasian Badgers are often blamed for doing this. (MORE)

How do badgers breed?

Badgers have unusual breeding patterns since mating can take place almost any time of the year. February is the peak month of the badger's main mating season. After mating, an unusual feature of the badger's reproductive system called delayed implantation occurs. The fertilised eggs, are kept in a s (MORE)

How do badgers hunt for food?

The badger is an omnivore. They eat earthworms, insects, and grubs.They also hunt for small animals and the eggs from birds.

What eats the badger?

Adult badgers are not generally eaten by other creatures as theyare able to defend themselves against larger carnivores. Young badgers, however, may be taken by bigger carnivores.Depending on the country, these might be leopards, tigers, lions,wolves, lynxes and even domestic dogs. They may also be (MORE)

How is a badger adapted?

Badgers have adapted to their environment because of their darkfur, which helps them blend into their surroundings. They havewell-adapted, shovel-like paws they use to dig.

How do you describe a badger?

There are many ways you could describe a badger. You could describea badger by their mean personality or by their furry appearance.

Why is the badger endangered?

The badger is "endangered" because many countries and states (the USA) are killing badgers for pelts (fur) or just to get rid of them. Some states like Michigan have laws that protect badgers. if your state does not you should look into it. Badgers are wonderful creatures that get rid of mice and in (MORE)

What are badgers like?

badgers are nocturnal animals that have a big appetite. Though people say that badgers are always being driven over, there is a reason to that. in some places people deliberately run over these small animals to eat there flesh which has very strong taste. badgers are normally black and white and (MORE)

Are badgers harmful?

To what? Soil? Plants? Humans? If you mean to humans, than no, not unless you try to harm them. They won't go out of their way to harm you.

What is badger snatching?

Badger Snatch means: During homosexual male intercourse; While one man is thrusting onanother from behind, the "giver" reaches around and rips out asmuch pubic hair as he can from his partner. This act is usuallyperformed in prisons as a sign of domination. Be careful in using this phrase in polit (MORE)

What are predators of the badger?

In North America, coyotes sometimes eat badgers and vice versa. American badgers have few natural predators, the primary predators of badgers are humans. Natural predation on badgers is rare, with young animals being most vulnerable. Other predators of American badgers include golden eagles, bobcats (MORE)

Is a badger aggressive?

It can be, but it is only aggressive to protect and defend its territory some that any wild animal would do. it is true that most animals as small as a badger aren't as fierce but that's doesn't mean you should walk up to an animal like a weasel and annoy it. Yes you should be aware and cautious of (MORE)

What is the behaviour of a badger?

a B AGDer has srange behaviours like it shoves its nose up bees nests and gets stung but it doesnt care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (MORE)

Can you tame a badger?

Yes, but they are destructive, very strong and potentially dangerous because of their bite. Most people that have tamed them have bribed them with food - peanuts are favourites.

What shape is a badger?

a badger is like a gourd shape big on the bottom and small on the top. They are so super cute but they are also very mean.

Are there badgers in Wisconsin?

Of course not. Wisconsin is cause The Badger State because there are no badgers whatsoever in the state.yes there are , the 1st person who answered was wrong , then why would it be called the badger state then ?

Are badgers endangered?

Yes. Most species of badgers are threatened or endangered. In many species we do not have enough data to prove that they are present in large numbers.

Are Badgers instinct?

Well, if you are asking if badgers are extinct, then, no. I'd be very sad if they were extinct. They are still alive and thriving in the rural ares of Britain :D

What is the diet of a badger?

honey badgers eat:rabbits, snakes, small rodents such as porcupines, tortoises, antelope, fox, birds, small crocodiles, lizards, large snakes such as black mambas,frogs, fish, and other bugs.

What are synonyms for badger?

I am guessing you mean the verb, not the furry animal..... Badger = Annoy, nag, frustrate, harass, heckle, tease, pester....

How to attract badgers?

Badgers life in sets, so if you make sure that you have lots of piles of leaves, they like dog food so you can put some out. but be careful not to put too much out as that might attract unwanted mammals like rats and mice.

Where do badgers get TB from?

They are infected through the droppings of cattle who have TB, when the droppings are near a badger's set. Dung flies lay their eggs on the droppings, and badgers look in the infected stools for the fly eggs, and eat them, infecting themselves with TB. Then the badgers, in turn, pass it on to other (MORE)

Who is sticks the badger?

There is no such character in the Animal Crossing franchise; theyare a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.