See also:species of the
See also:group of mammals of which the
See also:polecat and stoat are well-known members (see
See also:CARNIVORA) . The
See also:weasel is an elegant little animal, with elongated slender
See also:body, back much arched,
See also:head small and flattened, ears
See also:short and rounded,
See also:neck long and flexible, limbs short, five toes on each
See also:foot, all with
See also:sharp, compressed, curved claws, tail rather short, slender, cylindrical, and pointed at the tip, and fur short and close . The upper-parts, out-side of limbs and tail, are
See also:uniform reddish,
See also:brown, the under-parts
See also:white . In
See also:cold regions the weasel turns white in winter, but less regularly and only at a
See also:lower temperature than the stoat or
See also:ermine, from which it is distinguished by its smaller
See also:size and the
See also:absence of the black tail-tip . The length of the head and body of the male is usually about 8 in., that of the tail 2; in.; the
See also:female is smaller . The weasel is generally distributed through-out
See also:Europe and
See also:Northern and Central
See also:Asia; and is represented by a closely allied animal in
See also:America . It possesses all the active, courageous and bloodthirsty disposition of the
See also:rest of the genus, but its diminutive size prevents it attacking and destroying any but the smaller mammals and birds . Mice, rats,
See also:water-rats and moles, as well as frogs, constitute its
See also:food . It is generally found on or near the
See also:surface of the ground, but it can not only pursue its
See also:prey through holes and crevices of rocks and under dense tangled herbage, but follow it up the stems and branches of trees, or even into the water, swimming with perfect ease . It constructs a
See also:nest of dried leaves and herbage, placed in a hole in the ground or a
See also:bank or hollow
See also:tree, The Weasel (Putorius nivalis) . in which it brings up its
See also:litter of four to six (usually five)
See also:young ones . The
See also:mother will defend her young with the utmost desperation against any assailant, and has been known to sacrifice her own
See also:life rather than
See also:desert them .
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