Taiga Animals
Least Weasel

Least Weasel

Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Mammals, small
Order: Carnivora: Carnivores
Size: body:8 - 23 cm (7 - 9 in), tail: 5 - 7 cm (2 - 2 3/4 in)
Family: Mustelidae: Mustelids Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Mustela nivalis (rixosa) Habitat: farmland, woodland
Range: Europe, North Africa, Asia. North America; introduced in New Zealand

Size of Least WeaselThis weasel is the smallest carnivore. It undergoes the same winter color change as the ermine in the northern part of its range. The least weasel preys mostly on mice and is small enough to pursue them into their burrows. It is most active by night but will hunt in the day-time. One or two litters a year, of 4 or 5 young each, are born in an underground nest. 

Range of Least Weasel

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