AnAge entry for Taxidea taxus

Classification (HAGRID: 02655)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Mustelidae
                    Genus: Taxidea
Species
Taxidea taxus
Common name
American badger

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
25 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

The implantation can be delayed up to 10 months. One captive specimen was at least 25 years old when it died in captivity [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
183 days
Male sexual maturity
441 days
Gestation
41 days
Weaning
56 days
Litter size
3 (viviparous)
Litters per year
0.7
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
93.5 g
Weight at weaning
3,000 g
Adult weight
8,000 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
129%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
311ºK or 38.0ºC or 100.4ºF
Basal metabolic rate
15.0620 W
Body mass
9000.0 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.001674 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 180565
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 30554
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