YELLOW-BELLIED WEASEL/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: A chocolate–brown, medium-sized weasel with a sulphur– yellow belly, it is one of the least-known mustelids. Its upper lip, chin and upper throat are whitish, and its long tail is the same colour as its back. The feet are not pale but may show some white patches.

BEHAVIOUR: In Nepal, this nocturnal weasel is tamed by villagers to catch rats.

DISTRIBUTION: Uttarakhand in the west through the eastern Himalayas and North–East India.

HABITAT: Temperate and evergreen forests.

Size: 20–29 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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