SIBERIAN WEASEL/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: An orange–brown animal, it is the largest Indian weasel and the only one with a uniformly coloured body.

Its face has varying degrees of white flecks, and a black or dark chocolate patch from its snout to the eyes. Its throat varies from white to pale brown. The tail is 50 per cent of head and body. It has four pairs of mammae. Younger animals can be browner. The soles are hairy. M.s. canigula and M.s. hodgsoni both have tails without a black tip, but the former has much white on its muzzle, all the way down the neck to the forelimbs, while M.s. hodgsoni has the white on the face limited to the muzzle and throat. M.s. subhemachalana has a black muzzle with only a white chin, a white line on the face, and a tail tip that is black.

BEHAVIOUR: One of the most efficient carnivores in the Himalayas.

DISTRIBUTION: Himalayas from Ladakh  in Jammu & Kashmir to Uttarakhand, and the eastern Himalayas from Sikkim to Nagaland between 1,500–4,800 m.

Size: 28–30 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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