Mammals of Pennsylvania Online Resource

Common Name: Badger




Scientific Name:
Taxidea taxus 

Open plains and farmlands.

Carnivorous—small mammals, including ground squirrels, mice and voles, rabbits, snakes, birds, insects, and carrion.

Interesting Facts:
Since 1946, there are four records of the badger in Pennsylvania, all in counties of southwestern Pennsylvania adjacent to more uniformly suitable habitat in Ohio.

Further Reading:

  • A detailed account of the infrequent but ongoing record of occurrence in Pennsylvania can be found in Williams, S. L., S. B. McLaren, and M. A. Burgwin. 1985. "Paleo-archaeological and historical records of selected Pennsylvania mammals." Annals of Carnegie Museum, 54 (4): 77–188.
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