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Mustela nivalis

At between 11 and 26 centimetres in length, and with a tail measuring 4 to 9 centimetres, the weasel is Europe’s smallest carnivore. It has a long, slender body, short legs and a short tail. It is brownish to ginger in colour, with a creamy white belly. In Northern Europe it turns white during the winter.

The weasel thrives in a number of European, Asian and North American habitats, such as forests, fields, gardens, parks and inhabited areas up to elevations of 3,000 metres.

The weasel is very agile and feeds mainly on small rodents such as voles and mice, although it also preys on birds and sometimes on insects.

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