Badger Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What kind of animal is a badger? What do badgers look like? What do they eat? Where do they live? This lesson will answer all these questions and give you some fun facts about badgers.

What is a Badger?

You and your family just went to see a Wisconsin football game. The mascot was something called a badger. What is a badger? It looks kind of like a skunk. You started wondering what badgers eat and where they live.

Badgers are mammals. Mammals have fur and give birth to live babies (unlike, say, a chicken, which gives birth to an egg). Badgers are pretty small animals; they only grow up to three feet long from head to tail. They have short legs and their bodies are flat. Badgers have a white stripe that goes from their noses to the tip of their heads. Their fur can be black, brown, gold, or white. They usually weigh between 20 and 24 pounds.

a badger

Where Do Badgers Live?

Badgers live all over the world, but there are lots of badgers in the United Kingdom. Their favorite place to live is on open grassland, but you can also find badgers in deserts, forests, and ocean cliffs.

Badgers live in deep holes called burrows that they build for themselves. Their burrows can be about 12 feet deep - that's taller than two adults standing on top of each other!

The colored areas on this map of the world are the places that badgers live.
badger map

What Do Badgers Eat?

Badgers are nocturnal. This means that they sleep during the day and stay awake to hunt and eat at night. There are many kinds of badgers in the world, and they all like to eat different things. Most badgers are omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and animals.

Some badgers like to eat insects and small animals, but other kinds of badgers eat fruit and honey. Still others like to eat snails and slugs. There is a type of badger called a honey badger, which is a carnivore and eats only meat - even though it is called a honey badger, it does not eat honey! Honey badgers eat snakes, foxes, and crocodiles.

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