Stoat

Mustela erminea

The stoat is a small member of the weasel family (Mustelid) with a mid-brown coat, white underside and black tip to the tail. The females are smaller than the males at 15cm (the length of a biro) with males reaching up to 30cm (the length of an A4 sheet of paper) from nose to tail. They have long thin bodies with short legs. In cold winters they can turn completely white with just a black tip to their tail. They are carnivores and hunt small animals such as rats which are often larger than they are. The best time to see our stoat at Wildwood is at feeding time, in mid afternoon. You can sometimes see it asleep in its nest through the viewing pane. Look carefully - this small creature blends in well with its surroundings.

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