Jeff Rothwell's picture

Stoat

Observed: 20th July 2011 By: Jeff RothwellJeff Rothwell’s reputation in MammalsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in MammalsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

It's either a stoat or a weasel. I think you can see a black tip to the tail so I have gone for Stoat

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Lone Ranger's picture

Also just not big enough for

Also just not big enough for a stoat.

jja28's picture

Stoats

Over the years I've seen several stoats dashing across roads near me from one dsry stone wall to another. Sadly I've never had a camera at hand and ready. The photographer (Jeff)did well to capture these.

Jerry

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Weasel

I can see why you thought this was a stoat, it does appear to have a black tip to its tail, though I think it has just got it dirty.

1) the tail is too thin to be a stoat, it comes to a point when a stoat's tail tip is bushy - however, a young stoat lacks the bushy tail.

2) the line between the dark upper and pale lower fur is uneven, a sign this is a weasel.

3) the body is too thin to be a stoat.

4) the clincher for me, there is at least one dark spot/smudge on the pale throat, stoats never have this but weasels often do.

Graham Banwell

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