Badgers are animals that live in burrows (called setts). But what do badgers eat? This post will answer that question and also tell you a few interesting facts about badgers.
What Do Badgers Eat
American badgers are fossorial carnivores. This means that they dig to catch their prey. They like eating rodents, insects and small mammals. They also eat some fruit. Eurasian badgers love to eat earthworms, insects and grubs. They also like to eat some small mammals, birds and reptiles. They occasionally eat cereals, plant roots and fruit. Honey badgers (which live in Africa) eat honey, porcupines and venomous snakes (like puff adders).
Interesting Facts About Badgers
- Some badgers become intoxicated (drunk) after eating rotting fruit!
- The badger is the state animal on Wisconsin.
- Badgers were eaten by Native Americans and the early white colonists of America. They were also eaten in Britain during World War II and the 1950′s.
- Badger hair is used for paint brushes.
- Badgers can run at up to 30km/h (19mph) for very short periods of time.
- North American Badgers and Coyotes have been observed hunting together!
- A male badger is called a ‘boar’ and a female badger is called a ‘sow’.
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