A medium-sized, heavily furred mammal. Thick neck, broad shoulders with short powerful legs, sharp teeth, and claws.
They are found living in the forests of Europe and western Asia
The most commonly known badgers are the white and black striped badgers in western Europe. They have black faces with distinctive white markings, grey bodies with a light-coloured stripe from head to tail, and dark legs with light-coloured underbellies. They grow to around 90 cm (35 in) in length including tail.
The behaviour of badgers differs by family, but all shelter underground, living in burrows called setts, which may be very extensive.
Badgers prefer dry, open grasslands, though they are very adaptable. Some also live in the woods, quarries, hedgerows, sea cliffs, and moorland.
These highly social animals have distinct social groups, typically of four to six adults
Badgers can run at 25–30 km/h (16–19 mph) for short periods of time.
The diet of the badger consists largely of earthworms, insects, grubs, and the eggs and young of ground-nesting birds. They also eat small mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as roots and fruit