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Long-Tailed Weasel
Mustela frenata

Weasels
Weasels, Skunks & Allies (Mustelidae)

Measurement: Size: 40-45 cm Weight: 150-225 g

Description: Like the similar, but smaller ermine, the long-tailed weasel has a brown back and light to cream belly. The tail is tipped with black. In winter, they turn snow-white with the exception of that black tip.

Range: The long-tailed weasel is the southern relative of the ermine. It is found throughout the United States, with pockets in the southern Canadian Rockies.

Diet: The slight size advantage of the long-tailed weasel over the ermine allows it to take larger prey such as snowshoe hares. It will eat a wide variety of mice, voles, ground squirrels, pikas, small birds and grouse, and occasionally snakes or berries.

Reproduction: Like the ermine, they mate in they mate in the spring and summer, with implantation delayed until March. They give birth in May to between 3 and 9 offspring.

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