Badgers are mammals living in the jungles of Europe and they are also found in some parts of Western Asia. These omnivorous creatures are known for their burrowing capabilities. They dig up homes for themselves, which are called ‘setts’.
Setts are usually occupied by a family of six badgers. They live in several different rooms in the sett. There are different rooms meant for sleeping, and different rooms where the young ones live. Setts are connected to the outer world by a number of tunnels. Badgers are known to maintain hygiene by using separate pits for defecating at a distance from the setts.
Different species of badgers differ in terms of color of skin, their size and their habitats. They have nocturnal habits and all species have typical scent glands that let out a typical smell, believed to scare off enemies.
They are known to dig in the ground for their food that is usually made up of earthworms, and insects. They are quite fond of eggs of birds, and the birds who lay their eggs in nests on the ground often fall prey to badgers’ inquisitive nose and ultimately their appetite.
Their diet is also made of reptiles and amphibians. Birds and young mammals are also a part of the diet of badgers. In some areas, they are even known to devour lambs and domestic chickens.
Badgers are fond of clean environment, and clean up their holes occasionally to get rid of fleas and termites where they sleep.
There are eight different species of badgers known in the world.