Aside from looking adorable, these mammals are built to dig. They move dirt faster than any other mammal, including a human with a shovel. They dig in pursuit of prey and then expand tunnels into sleeping burrows. They use these burrows and dens for hunting, sleeping, storing food and giving birth.
American badgers prefer dry, open country, and avoid forests and areas with rocky soil. Primarily found in the great plains of North America. They are the least social of the badger species, preferring a solitary existence.
They feed primarily on small rodents such as squirrels, pocket gophers, kangaroo rats, prairie dogs and mice. Yum. When the rodent population is low, they will also eat scorpions, insects, snakes, lizards and birds. Even yummier.
Like their celebrity look-a-likes, American Badgers are easy to spot due to their thick expensive fur coats.