These small and agile predators, also known as short-tailed weasels, can be found in various habitats across the Northern Hemisphere, including grasslands, forests, and tundra. They have slender bodies with long necks and bushy tails and are characterized by their reddish-brown fur in summer and white coats in winter. Stoats are known for their ferocity, hunting skills, and ability to take down prey much larger than themselves.
While they are not currently listed as threatened or endangered, some subspecies of stoats, such as the New Zealand stoat, have been introduced to non-native habitats and have become major predators of native species, posing a threat to local biodiversity. Conservation efforts aim to control the spread of invasive stoat populations and protect vulnerable species.
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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