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Stoat
(Mustela erminea)
walrus
Description
They are small sized mammals that have the typical weasel form: long body, short legs, long neck supporting a triangular head, slightly protruding round ears, bright black eyes, and long whiskers. Their short, moderately fine fur is white in the winter and the tip of the tail is black. In the summer, the dorsal fur is chocolate brown while the ventral fur extending to the upper lip is yellowish white. Although ermine are primarily terrestrial, they climb trees and swim well.
Dimensions
Adult body length goes from 6 to 12 inches. Males are generally twice as large as females, with males weighing from 2 to 4 oz, and females from 0.8 to 2.8 oz. Their tail ranges from 1.3 to 4 inches.
Diet
They are carnivores that hunt primarily at night. They are specialist predators on small, warm-blooded vertebrates, preferably mammals of rabbit size and smaller.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit moorland, woodlands, farms, coastal areas and even mountainous regions across the Northern Hemisphere. They are found in the north temperate regions of Eurasia and North America.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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