Range of American Badger
No one likes being roused from a deep sleep. Alarm clocks, noisy neighbors . . . the list of potential nuisances goes on.
But at least we don’t have to worry about hungry badgers dragging us out of our beds when one drops by!
And it’s not just the Honey Badger of YouTube fame. The American Badger, one of North America’s largest weasels, is a pretty rough customer too.
Often described as cute, even adorable, the American Badger is actually a ferocious animal that can claw its way through dirt faster than a person can using a shovel—a skill that allows the badger to enjoy a peculiar winter dining habit. Yes, the cuddly American Badger likes to dig up hibernating animals—rodents mostly—and then eat them.
How’s that for a wake-up call?
American badgers are found in the Western and Central US and, despite their aggressive behavior, tend to avoid humans. They are primarily nocturnal but are occasionally active during the day as well. These badgers don’t hibernate and spend much of the winter in cycles of torpor (a deep sleep, but not not hibernation) that last around 29 hours. They’ll often emerge from their dens, known as setts, when the temperature rises above freezing.