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Up to 90 centimetres long including its tail, the badger weighs between 10 and 20 kilograms. It can live up to 20 years. The badger has short legs, a long and blunt muzzle, short ears and small eyes. Grey on the upper part of its body with brownish sides, its head has distinctive black and white stripes. It has black limbs and long, sharp nails.

The badger inhabits deciduous and mixed forests, as well as grasslands in the mountains at altitudes up to 1,500 metres. It is found throughout Europe.

The omnivorous badger eats earthworms, snails and other invertebrates, as well as rodents and chicks. It hibernates in its den from October to February. Badgers live in couples or extended family groups, sometimes in big galleries that it digs for itself and inhabits for decades, comprising corridors up to 40 metres long and various “rooms”. The entrance to the den has a diameter of about 30 centimetres. The badger makes a bed of grass and moss, which it changes periodically.

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