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North American Mammals - Weasels,Badgers,Otters



Tayra
(Eira barbara)
Tayra
The Tayra is a weasel with a long, bushy tail and long neck with stocky head. The body is usually dark brown, and the head is paler brown. There is usually a white patch on its throat. It is about the size of a medium sized dog Read more >
Sea Otter
(Enhydra lutris)
Sea Otter
The Sea Otter has brown or reddish brown fur. The tail is less than a third of the body length. They have the densest fur of all mammals - this helps them maintain warmth in the ocean. The hind legs are long with broad, flat webbed paws. The front... Read more >
Wolverine
(Gulo gulo)
Wolverine
The Wolverine looks like a large marten. It is heavily built with strong legs, large head, small rounded ears and short tail. Wolverines have long blackish brown fur with a light brown band down each side of body from shoulder to base of tail.... Read more >
Northern River Otter
(Lontra canadensis)
Northern River Otter
The Northern River Otter has a long slender streamlined body, thick tapered tail, and short legs. The face is short with small ears. The fur is dark brown or almost black above with lighter underside. The throat and cheeks are usually golden brown.... Read more >
American Marten
(Martes americana)
American Marten
The American Marten is long and slender with large eyes and ears like a cat. The body is light brown with a gray head. The legs and tail are dark brown or black. Their is a cream patch on the chest. The claws are sharp and curved. Read more >
Fisher
(Martes pennanti)
Fisher
The Fisher is brown or dark brown with black legs and tail. There is sometimes a cream patch on the chest. The feet have five toes with retractable claws. They are solitary animals and are active by day and night. Read more >
Ermine
(Mustela erminea)
Ermine
The Ermine is a kind of weasel with long slender body, short legs, long neck with triangular head. It has black eyes and rounded ears. In summer, the fur is brown above and creamy white underneath. In winter the fur is white with a black tip at the... Read more >
Long-tailed Weasel
(Mustela frenata)
Long-tailed Weasel
Long-tail weasels have a long slender body, short legs and a small, narrow head with long whiskers. The fur is cinnamon brown above and yellowish-white underneath. In northern populations the coat is white in winter and brown in the summer. In... Read more >
Black-footed Ferret
(Mustela nigripes)
Black-footed Ferret
The Black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. It has yellowish-buff fur with paler underside. The forehead, muzzle, and throat are white. The feet are black and there is a black mask around the eyes. Read more >
Least Weasel
(Mustela nivalis)
Least Weasel
The Least Weasel has a long slender body with long neck, flat, narrow head and short legs. It has large round ears and large black eyes. The feet have five fingers with sharp claws. The fur is dark brown above and white with brown spots on the... Read more >
American Mink
(Mustela vison)
American Mink
The American Mink has dark brown fur with white patches on the chin, chest, and throat. The body is long and slender with short legs and a pointed short face. The Mink is semi-aquatic and has partially webbed feet to assist it in the water. The fur... Read more >
American Badger
(Taxidea taxus)
American Badger
The American Badger has a flattened body with short and stocky legs. The fur on the back and sides is grayish or reddish. The underside is a buff color. The throat and chin are whitish, and the face has black patches. Their is a white stripe from... Read more >