Mammals of Pennsylvania Online Resource

Common Name: Long-tailed Weasel




Scientific Name:
Mustela frenata  

Varied habitat including forests, brushy areas, and farmlands. It is most common along forest edges and other areas that afford adequate cover close to streams and ponds.

Carnivorous with 95% of the diet being made up of small mammals.

Interesting Facts:
Several sources indicate that weasels have a reputation for killing more than they can eat at a given time. This is probably a mistaken impression from observations of weasels moving a kill to its den. However, the animal may move a carcass to its burrow to feed the young or to cache for future meals.

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