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Japanese Badger

Japanese Badger

Japanese Badger Range Map (Japan, Asia)
Japanese Badger Range Map (Japan, Asia)

Latin Name Meles anakuma
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Japan, Asia
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 79 cms (31 inches)
Tail -
Weight -
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Japanese Badgers are around 79 cms (31 inches) in length and they are greyish brown in colour with white ears and two distinct dark stripes on their face.

They are nocturnal and they hibernate during the winter months.


Japanese Badgers are endemic to Japan and they can be found on the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Shodoshima. They live in a variety of forest and woodland habitats.


Japanese Badgers are omnivores and they mainly feed on earth worms, insects, small mammals, nuts, fruits, and persimmons.


Females give birth to a litter of 2 - 3 cubs in the spring of each year. They mate again shortly after but they delay implantation until the following February.


Humans are predators of Japanese Badgers.


There are no Subspecies of the Japanese Badger.

Interesting Facts

Male badgers are known as 'boars' and females as 'sows'.

Similar Animals

Hog Badger
Asian Badger
Honey Badger
Eurasian Badger
American Badger


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