Temporal range: Pleistocene – Recent
The American badger's habitat lives in open grasslands eating prey (such as mice, squirrels, and groundhogs). The badger likes areas such as prairies with sandy loam soils where it can dig easily for its prey. They are found in many places from high alpine meadows to sea level.
Badgers are carnivorous. Unlike many carnivores that stalk their prey in open country, badgers catch most of their food by digging. They can tunnel after ground-dwelling rodents with amazing speed.
- Wozencraft W.C. 2005. "Order Carnivora". In Wilson D.E. & Reeder D.M. (eds). Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference, 3rd ed. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 619. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0
- Long, Charles A. 1972. Taxonomic revision of the North American badger, Taxidea taxus. Journal of Mammalogy. 53 (4): 725–759.