Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A weasel, is that a weasel I see.

I saw a weasel yesterday! I haven ever seen one before in the wild! White as snow with dark tip at the end of its tail. It looked like a young one but I cannot be sure. I know so little about weasels that it inspired a little research.

Weasel medicine gives us the ability to look for hidden meanings, and reasons. Weasel energy gives us the power to discern what is really being said so that we are not taken in by those who would try to manipulate and control us.

Long-tailed Weasel - Mustela frenata

Weasels vary in length from fifteen to thirty-five centimeters (six to fourteen inches), and usually have a light brown upper coat, white belly and black fur at the tip of the tail; in many species, populations living at high latitudes moult to a white coat with black fur at the tip of the tail in winter (ain't that moulting thing cool!)

The long-tailed weasel is a carnivore. It has a very high rate of metabolism and eats about 40% of its body weight every day! Most of its diet is made up of small mammals like mice, voles, rabbits, gophers and chipmunks. It will occasionally eat birds and insects. It uses scent and sound to track its prey. Its long, thin body makes it easy for it to follow prey into burrows.

The long-tailed weasel is a solitary animal, except during mating season. It lives in the abandoned burrows other mammals, in rotting logs or under tree roots or rocks. Its nest is made of grass and leaves and lined with fur. The long-tailed weasel is most active in the night, but it also comes out in the day. It does not hibernate. The long-tailed weasel can climb trees and it is a good swimmer. It uses lots of different vocalizations including squeals, squeaks, trills and purrs. It also releases a strong smelling musk during mating season and when it is frightened. It is very aggressive when its territory is invaded.

The long-tailed weasel mates In the summer but the eggs don't begin to develop until about 27 days before the babies are born. The female gives birth in the spring. Most litters have between 4-8 young. A boogle, a pack, a confusion and a gang of weasel... The babies are born blind with a light covering of fur. Their eyes open and they are weaned when they are about 36 days old. The female brings them food when they are weaned and later takes them hunting. The babies leave their mother when they are between seven and eight weeks old.

updated a day later:

I guess it was an ermine, the winter name for a weasel (the short tailed)

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