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American badgers (Taxidea taxus) are tough animals that live in the open country in the Great Plains region of North America. They are expert burrowers and use this skill to dig out their preferred foods - rodents, such as prairie dogs and ground squirrels. They rest in their burrows during the day and come out to feed at night. During the coldest weeks of the year, American badgers do not hibernate, but sleep underground for several days at a time.

They may bury some of their food for later or even dig holes big enough for them and their prey to fit into. American badgers and coyotes are known to hunt together in teams. The coyotes sniff out the buried prey and the badgers dig them out. Both parties then share the food.

Mating occurs in summer and early autumn, and births take place in the following spring. The young leave home after two months.

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