Home Protective Colouring
PDF Print E-mail


Protective Colouring

Judging from its markings, one would conclude the badger is truly an animal suited to night time foraging. In daylight the skin is conspicuous, appearing grey from a distance changing to black from under the chin. The markings of the face seeming to catch and hold the light; but at night Brock moves among the silver patches of moonlight and the ebony shifting shadows, he himself is a shifting shadow of silver and ebony, a perfect camouflage. Badgers have a very thick protective skin, it is called the pelage, with a thick woolly undercoat with long guard hairs that move to control heat, shed water and give protection in brambles and such like situations.