Badgers
signed limited edition print

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA
shepherd badgers print

'Badgers'
Signed Limited Edition print of 975
Published 1996
Image Size 8.75" x 17.25"
(p & p charged at cost)

In the UK, badgers live in mixed-sex groups of between four and eight animals in underground 'setts'.
A social group living together in the same sett is also known as a 'clan'. While badgers tend to live in groups, they do not always act cooperatively with their fellow clan members.
Badgers are unique in this way as individuals in a clan will forage for food on their own, unlike other social groups of animals who might hunt together and reap the benefit as a group.
A badger's sense of smell is a particularly important sense as it plays a vital role in communication.
Badgers have several scent glands which produce a variety of odours, used for distributing information like warning signals and mating status.
Scents produced are also used to tighten bonds between social groups, with studies suggesting that clan members have similar scents.
Badgers also deposit scents in their feces and will typically defecate in shallow dug pits known as latrines, which are found on territorial boundaries.
The diet of a badger is extremely varied.
Earthworms are the core of the badger's diet, often by as much as 60 per cent.
In a single night, an adult badger may eat well over 200 worms!

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