Badgers

European Badger (Meles meles)
sett
Badgers are nocturnal and spend the day in their setts, or extensive networks of tunnels dug in well-drained ground (or sometimes beneath buildings or roads). Setts give shelter from the weather and predators
good locations
pasture and woodland
bad locations
heavy clay soils
tidy
activity
travels
digging
Ten miles travelling a night
food
omnivore
names
Latin "Meles Meles"
Trufflehunter
Tommy Brock
Brock
families
Badgers live for up to 15 years (average 3 years) in the wild, and up to 19 years in captivity. If they survive their first year, the most common cause of death is by road traffic
features
The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the under parts with a distinctive black and white striped face and white-tipped ears. European badgers are around 70 cm long with a tail of about 20 cm and weigh 10 kg on average, but weights can vary enormously. Badgers do not hibernate, although in areas with cold winter climates they may become torpid for two or so days at a time having put on fat in the autumn to help them get through the winter months
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