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Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata)
Long-tailed Weasel photographed in Idaho.
Photograph by Amy Leist. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
LONG-TAILED WEASEL FACTSDescription
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 southern populations the fur is brown all year. The tail is long and bushy and about half the body length.
Males are larger than females. Body length: males 33cm - 42cm; females 28cm - 35cm. Tail length: males 13cm - 29cm; females 11cm - 24cm.
fields, woodlands, also suburban areas. They nest in holes such as disused burrows, hollow logs or amongst rocks.
Mainly small mammals such as rodents. Also eats birds, reptiles, fruit, berries
Four to eight young (average five) are born in late April - early May after a gestation period of about 280 days. At birth young weasels weigh about 3g, and are helpless with pink skin and white fur. The young are weaned after 36 days. By 10 weeks old they can hunt on their own.
The Long-tailed weasel has a large range including most of North America, from southern Canada through United States to Central America and northern South America
Relatives in same Genus
Ermine (M. erminea)
Black-footed Ferret (M. nigripes)
Least Weasel (M. nivalis)
American Mink (M. vison)