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Children's LiteratureMany of the animals that live in the Midwest live in many different regions as well. However, there are some animals that are specifically known for inhabiting the Midwest. The badger is one of those animals. Wisconsin is known at the Badger State. Badgers are related to skunks and also use scent when threatened. Badgers have a triangular face and short stocky body. They are very strong nocturnal animals that eat plants, snakes and reptiles. However, the badger's favorite foods are rats, gophers and mice. Red wing blackbirds are the state bird of three Midwestern states. They have a black body and bright red patches on their wings. Since they are very social animals, they live in large flocks. Many kinds of turtles like to live near water. The Midwest is full of marshes, lakes and rivers and has a large turtle population. The Blanding's turtle prefers the marshes while the painted turtle prefers calm water with muddy bottoms. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel has thirteen alternating dark and light stripes on its back. Inside the dark stripes are white dots. Imagine counting that many stripes and dots on a ground squirrel running around the yard. This series, "Regional Wild America," is well illustrated with photographs. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 6 to 10.