What Do Badgers Look Like?

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A badger is a black, white and yellowish mammal with a large, thick body, a short tail and short legs. Badgers typically weigh between 13 and 30 pounds and are well-known for their thick, muscular body frames.

Badgers are well-known for the strong, long front claws that are perfect for digging or attacking their prey, and they have sharp back claws as well. Adult badgers grow to be around 27 to 39 inches long. Badgers have triangle-shaped heads similar to a rodent with short ears and sharp noses, and they get their name from the badges of white on their head and cheeks.