Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The stoat (Mustela Erminea), also known as the ermine or short tailed weasel, is a species of Mustelid native to North America and Eurasia. Stoats were also introduced to New Zealand and has 37 subspecies. This is a Middle-Russian stoat in the Caucasus region in Russia. The British stoat is also the subspecies that was introduced to New Zealand. It is also on the list of the 100 worst invasive species. Like the snowshoe hare and arctic fox, the stoat's fur coat changes from white to a rusty brown depending on the season. The British stoat is larger than those other Mainland European stoats. The main subspecies on the Wikipedia are the Northern, Middle-Russian, Junean, Vancouver island, Tundra, Western Great Lakes, Bonaparte's, Fergana, Queen Charlotte, Irish, Kodiak, East Siberian, Karaginsky, Altai, Swiss, Gobi, Southwestern, Japanese, Olympic, Polar, Richardson's, Hebrides, Baffin, British, Caucasian, and Tobolsk. The stoat may be introduced to Australia to control rabbit and hare numbers too! In The Flight Before Christmas, Wilma is a stoat.

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