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Illustration from Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia/Corbis
Ermine
(Short-Tailed Weasel)

Mustela erminea invicta

Subspecies of Weasel



First Noted by Expedition
August 20, 1805, Lemhi River, Lemhi County, Idaho.
 

Description
Elongated body. Dark brown above; white below. Tail brown with black tip. Legs short; feet white. In northern part of range in winter, fur entirely white except for black tail tip. Male almost twice as large as female.
 

Habitat
Open woodland, brushy areas, grasslands, wetlands, and farmland.
 

Range
Most of Canada south to northern California, western Colorado, and northern New Mexico in West; to northern Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in East.
 

Note
The short-tailed weasel, active day or night, may be fairly common at times but is seldom seen. This carnivore kills all that is available and stores the excess.

Species information from enature.com
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