In honor of my upcoming move to the Badger State, here are some fun facts about these roly poly diggers:
🐾 Wisconsin is called the Badger State not because it has an abundance of badgers, but because early settlers in the area were miners. Badgers use their stocky limbs and powerful claws to dig out underground burrows, where they spend much of their time.
🐾 Some badgers live in Wisconsin, but they prefer open grasslands with a high abundance of rodent prey. American badgers can be found through Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.
🐾 Badgers are members of the weasel family (Mustelidae), which also includes skunks, otters, and wolverines. Like their relatives, they are primarily carnivorous, hunting down small rodents, snakes, ground-nesting birds, and insects.
🐾 Like other burrow-dwelling animals, badgers have pretty poor eyesight - so their bold black and white stripes probably aren't meant as a signal for other badgers. Instead, scientists suggest that they warn other animals to stay away.
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