Learn About Nubs

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 12 yrs
  • Length: 3 ft
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Most of North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Prefers open grassland, prairie, open forest
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Small rodents, insects and larvae, reptiles, fruits and berries
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: variety of meats, kibble, fruit
    • Gender: Male
    • Birth: 2006
    • Arrival: March 2006

Nubs and his two siblings were orphaned when their mother was hit by a car near Bend, OR and were brought to WLI to be raised. They were only three weeks old and about the size of a potato, weighing only a pound. His siblings (christened Bonnie and Clyde) were sent to the High Desert Museum to join their education program, while Nubs stayed here at Wildlife Images. Because of the age and size of the kits, we knew that there would be too much hands-on care required to avoid habituation, so ODFW and WLI made the decision to socialize him to join our education ambassador team. His captive upbringing has made him much friendlier than your average badger, though he does have his grouchy days, during which we know to steer clear. He spends his days digging, snoozing and when the mood strikes him, doing his happy badger dance when he scurries and bounces up and down.