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Siberian Weasel

Himalayan Weasel



Siberian Weasel (Mustela sibirica) is a large weasel as compared to other weasel species. It is found in dense forests, dry sandy valleys, and low-lying swamps.

The color of the coat varies from bright golden/foxy red to deep chocolate-brown. The ventral surface is lighter than the dorsal surface. The tail is longhaired and has a dark contrasted tip in some speicies. The throat may be wholly reddish, brown or whitish. The soles of the feet, apart from the pads, are densely covered with hair.

The body length is around 255-305 mm and the tail 135-155 mm. The Siberian Weasel makes its burrow among rocks, under roots of trees, in hollow stumps or logs, and quite often in the burrows of other animals. It feeds on rodents, lizards, birds and birdsí eggs and insects. It is also known as Himalayan Weasel.

It can be seen in the Tundah Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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