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Long-tailed Weasel

Long-tailed weasels have a long slender body, short legs and a small, narrow head with long whiskers. Their fur is brown, almost the color of cinnamon, and yellowish-white underneath. Long-tailed weasels that live in northern areas have white fur in the winter, which then turns brown in the summer. These sly creatures have a very long tail, almost half of their body length.  

 

Habitat: Long-tailed weasels can live in many different places, mostly throughout North America and southern Canada. They like open woods, grasslands, river bottoms and fence rows.   In Idaho, they can be seen on BLM lands with upland brush, but they also like to live on subalpine rock slides, semi-open forests, and rocky, mountainous regions.    

 Long-tailed weasel
Long-tailed weasel, courtesy National Park Service

Food: These little weasels love to eat small mammals like pocket gophers, mice, ground and tree squirrels; and chipmunks. They will also eat birds and their eggs and other small animals such as snakes, frogs, and insects.  

Fun Facts:
   When young weasels are born, they are helpless with pink skin and soft, white fur. However, after 36 days, they are weaned from their mother and by 10 weeks old, they can hunt on their own.  


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Desert cottontail
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Eastern gray squirrel
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Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
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Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


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