According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, male American badgers weigh between 16 and 24 pounds on average, while females weigh approximately 14 pounds. The American badger can grow up to 30 inches in length.
The American badger is characterized by its stocky body, short legs and long claws, which are used for digging and burrowing. Its fur is silver-colored, and its facial markings include white fur surrounding the eyes and black patches on the cheeks. Badgers live in grasslands and hunt rodents, amphibians and reptiles, among other types of small animals. The badger's developed sense of smell is useful for detecting underground prey, which it catches through digging.