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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

15. The Weasel
(Mustela nivalis)

15. The Weasel

Hardly more than a finger-thickness of life and devilment, the weasel is a great hunter of small game, particularly mice and voles, and is a valuable factor in keeping these prolific rodents within bounds. Its world is the jungle of grass, weeds, ferns and other vegetation. Here we find small tunnels, along which passes the weasel, more like a snake than a fur-clad animal, hunting the little rodents with ruthless efficiency. The weasel may be distinguished from the stoat by its lesser size, sandy hue, and its short tail without any terminal tuft of dark hairs.