HIMALAYAN STOAT OR ERMINE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

HIMALAYAN STOAT OR ERMINE

HIMALAYAN STOAT OR ERMINE


DESCRIPTION: The Himalayan Stoat or Ermine is a small, chestnut–brown weasel (it is the smallest mustelid in India) flecked with white, with a white chin, throat, belly and paws. Many individuals change colour dramatically to become pure white between the winter months of October and December. The tail is very short, much shorter than other weasels, giving it the alternate name of Short-tailed Weasel. The tail tip, however, remains black all year round, distinguishing it from all other mustelids. It has four pairs of mammae.

BEHAVIOUR: This weasel is active by day. It is known to conceive even while suckling the previous litter.

DISTRIBUTION: The Himalayas from Jammu & Kashmir to Sikkim.

HABITAT: Alpine and temperate forests; prefers banks of rivers and open rock- strewn plains near lakes .

 Size: 22–34 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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