Long-Tailed Wesel

(Mustela frenata)


STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: 12-14 in long, with a tail that is 40-70% of body length, and weighing between 3 and 9 oz.

DIET: It is a fearless and aggressive hunter that may attack animals far larger than itself. It eats rodents but can also eat small birds, eggs, reptiles, fish, amphibians, earthworms, and some insects.

HABITAT: Farmlands, shrub lands, trees, fields, woodlands.

NOTES: Dens in burrows.

Photo Credit: J. N. Stuart