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1 March 2016 Unusual Food Items from Stomachs of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) in Expanding Range in Arkansas
Renn Tumlison, Allison Surf
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Taxidea taxus (American Badger), historically a prairie species, has expanded its range southeastward in Arkansas likely due to habitat alterations resulting from agricultural modification of the landscape. Its typical foods are an array of small mammals, and seldom have amphibians been documented in its diet. Northeastern Arkansas was prone to flooding prior to the construction of levees, and American Badgers have since colonized the agricultural habitat that developed after flooding stopped. We found that 2 road-killed badgers collected from a newly established population in northeastern Arkansas had consumed many frogs. This is the first account of numerous amphibians documented in the diet of badgers.

Renn Tumlison and Allison Surf "Unusual Food Items from Stomachs of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) in Expanding Range in Arkansas," Southeastern Naturalist 15(1), (1 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.0110
Published: 1 March 2016
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