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American Badger v Tasmanian Devil
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American Badger - Taxidea taxus
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico and central Canada, as well as in certain areas of southwestern British Columbia. Their habitat is typified by open grasslands with available prey (such as mice, squirrels, and groundhogs). They prefer areas with sandy loam soils where they can dig more easily for their prey, such as prairie regions. he American badger has most of the general characteristics common to badgers; stocky and low-slung with short, powerful legs, they are identifiable by their huge foreclaws (measuring up to 5 cm in length) and distinctive head markings. Measuring generally between 60 to 75 cm (23.6 to 29.5 inches) in length, males of the species are a little bit larger than females (with an average weight of roughly 7 kg (15.5 pounds) for females and up to almost 9 kg (19.8 pounds) for males). Northern subspecies such as T. t. jeffersonii are heavier than the southern subspecies. In the fall, when food is plentiful, adult male badgers can exceed 11.5 kg (25.3 pounds).

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Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby. Although it is usually solitary, it sometimes eats with other devils and defecates in a communal location. Unlike most other dasyurids, the devil thermoregulates effectively and is active during the middle of the day without overheating. Despite its rotund appearance, the devil is capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers. Males are usually larger than females, having an average head and body length of 652 mm (25.7 in), a 258 mm (10.2 in) tail and an average weight of 8 kg (18 lb). Females have an average head and body length of 570 mm (22 in), a 244 mm (9.6 in) tail and an average weight of 6 kg (13 lb), although devils in western Tasmania tend to be smaller.

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#2
Both animals have their advantages and disadvantages to cancel each other out.
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#3
This is super-close, IMO.....the badger is probably a bit more damage resistant, while the devil has the more damaging bite. Both are really good grapplers, and both have good stamina, and they are about the same size. I'd lean towards the badger, barely, for no other reason than I rate defense over offense. It really could go either way.
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(05-18-2019, 02:59 PM)Brogan Wrote: This is super-close, IMO.....the badger is probably a bit more damage resistant, while the devil has the more damaging bite.  Both are really good grapplers, and both have good stamina, and they are about the same size.  I'd lean towards the badger, barely, for no other reason than I rate defense over offense.  It really could go either way.

Excellent assessment. I was going to post something along those lines. Badgers are very hard to kill and even though the Devil has an immense bite for its size, I think the Badger would outlast it.
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#5
I am going with badger due to better defensive mechanism. How ever they both are equal at attacking mechanism.
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(05-18-2019, 09:08 PM)onlyfaizy786 Wrote: I am going with badger due to better defensive mechanism. How ever they both are equal at attacking mechanism.

Yes, both great fighters for their size, but I think the Tasmanian Devil is the better predator (based on prey size).
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Prey size? This got me thinking, do American Badgers only hunt Rodents, or have they killed something bigger? I feel like the Badger could predate Raccoons if it could catch them.
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(05-18-2019, 09:37 PM)Taipan Wrote:
(05-18-2019, 09:08 PM)onlyfaizy786 Wrote: I am going with badger due to better defensive mechanism. How ever they both are equal at attacking mechanism.

Yes, both great fighters for their size, but I think the Tasmanian Devil is the better predator (based on prey size).

Tasmanian devils will also produce an odor as a defense mechanism when threatened, in other hand badger tough, Losey and flexible skin are best defense mechanism against devil. They are very harder to kill i wont see devil can.
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