Long-tailed Weasel
Mustela frenata


  • Long slender body, long neck
  • Yellowish-white underparts
  • Black tip on tail
  • No whitish line down inside of hind leg


Mostly nocturnal, but is also active during the day. Can clime trees but spends the majority of its time on the ground. Feeds mostly on small mammals up to rabbit size; and also takes a few birds and other animals; kills by piercing the skull with its canine teeth. Usually nests in old burrows of other animals, and sometimes under wood or rock piles.


It is found in all land habitats close to water.

A Field Guide to the Mammals Peterson Field Guide William H. Burt/Richard P. Grossenheider 3rd Edition Houghton Mifflin Co. 1980