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Mustelids: The Weasel Family
These fearless carnivores (meat-eaters) live in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The smallest mustelid is the least weasel, weighing 1.2 to 2.4 ounces (35-70 gms); the biggest mustelid is the South American giant otter, weighing 60-90 pounds.
Anatomy: Mustelids have well-developed anal scent glands wich produce a potent repellent smell. They have 5-toed feet with claws. Most have a long body, small, rounded ears, small eyes, and short legs.
Classification: kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Carnivora, Family Mustelidae (weasels, ferrets, minks, skunks, otters, badgers).
The badger is a nocturnal mammal with a black-and-white striped face.
Also known as the stoat or the short-tailed weasel, this tiny, ferocious mammal lives in cold areas.
Ferrets are a type of weasel.
Minks are small, short-legged members of the weasel family that live in wet environments.
An otter is a playful marine mammal.
River otters are streamlined, aquatic mammals from North America.
Sea otters are marine mammals with very dense, waterproof fur.
Weasels are small, furry mammals with short legs.
The Wolverine is a ferocious type of weasel that lives in cold areas.
The Zorilla is a skunk-like mammal that lives in Africa.
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