The good news is Dan got his fur coat. (There is some associated bad news.)
Badgerpedes are a strange mutation of normal badgers. The first sign of this mutation is the ability to swallow and digest prey substantially larger than themselves. After one or more such meals the swollen badger may stretch and grow additional sets of legs. More meals means more growth.
A sufficiently long badgerpede finds it hard to navigate tunnels and tunnel collapses can pin it in place. This has been known to cause the 'pede to break into two or more segments and continue on, growing new heads or hindparts as needed. This is the main way they reproduce since fellow badgers find 'pedes understandably terrifying and it is hard to them to find mates.