The European badger (Meles meles) belongs to the family of mammals known as the Mustelidae (possessing musk glands), otherwise known as the weasel family and includes the otter, stoat, polecat, ferret and pine marten. Despite an existing number of subspecies, the European Badger is the only species to be classified in the genus. It is indigenous to most of Europe (except where environmental conditions are not suitable, e.g. the arctic regions of Scandinavia and Russia, Asia and Japan. However, it is particularly abundant in Britain and Ireland, with largest abundance found within southern England.
The name badger is believed to come from the French work “Becheur” meaning digger. Badgers are nocturnal animals and have an elusive nature and are adapted specifically for a life underground. Contrary to popular belief, badgers do not hibernate, although they have developed strategies for conserving their energy and body weight during the winter months when their normal diet of earthworms and grubs are not available.
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