Least weasel

The smallest carnivorous predator in the world and so have limited fat stores and need to eat more than 50% of the body weight

Keven Law

Least weasels have long, tubular bodies with short tails and short limbs. During the winter, their body is covered with a pure white coat. While in the summer, the fur turns rusty chocolate brown on the back and remains white on the belly. They also have non-retractable claws on each of their toes.

They often hunt preys that are bigger than themselves and only eat a few grams of meat. Then they store the excess of those foods in their burrow, ensuring a constant supply of food in the future. Small rodents such as mice and voles are their main prey, but they also consume rabbits, birds, and frogs.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2015
Albania
2015
Algeria
2015
Origin Uncertain
Andorra
2015
Armenia
2015
Austria
2015
Azerbaijan
2015
Belarus
2015
Belgium
2015
Bosnia And Herz.
2015
Bulgaria
2015
Canada
2015
China
2015
Croatia
2015
Czechia
2015
Denmark
2015
Estonia
2015
Finland
2015
France
2015
Georgia
2015
Germany
2015
Greece
2015
Hungary
2015
Iran
2015
Italy
2015
Japan
2015
Kazakhstan
2015
Korea
2015
Kyrgyzstan
2015
Latvia
2015
Lebanon
2015
Liechtenstein
2015
Lithuania
2015
Luxembourg
2015
Malta
2015
Origin Uncertain
Moldova
2015
Monaco
2015
Mongolia
2015
Montenegro
2015
Morocco
2015
Origin Uncertain
Netherlands
2015
New Zealand
2015
Introduced
North Korea
2015
North Macedonia
2015
Norway
2015
Poland
2015
Portugal
2015
Introduced: Azores
Romania
2015
Russia
2015
San Marino
2015
Sao Tome And Principe
2015
Introduced: Sâo Tomé
Serbia
2015
Slovakia
2015
Slovenia
2015
Spain
2015
Sweden
2015
Switzerland
2015
Syria
2015
Taiwan
2015
Tajikistan
2015
Turkey
2015
Turkmenistan
2015
Ukraine
2015
United Kingdom
2015
United States
2015
Uzbekistan
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No