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Weasel

Mustela nivalis

Description:
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.

Habitat:
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.

Habits:
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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