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The ermine (Mustela erminea) is a dark brown weasel, with a distinctive black-tipped tail. They are also called stoats, and short tailed weasels. Alternate uses: Weasel (disambiguation) Species Mustela africana Mustela altaica Mustela erminea Mustela eversmannii Mustela felipei Mustela frenata Mustela kathiah Mustela lutreola Mustela lutreolina Mustela nigripes Mustela nivalis Mustela nudipes Mustela putorius Mustela sibirica Mustela strigidorsa Mustela vison Weasels are mammals in the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family. ... Binomial name Mustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758 The Stoat (Mustela erminea) is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae. ...


Ermines are a small mustelid; generally only a few pounds, and 7-13 inches long.


Ermines change their fur color to match the surroundings in different seasons. When the weather is warm, they have a brownish colored fur, but once it begins to get colder, ermines shed this fur and their fur turns white. This is so they blend in with the snow. They keep a black tipped tail all year round.


Ermines are carnivores and live off of many small mammals, such as mice and rabbits, as well as insects and birds. They adapt to where they live; ermines that live near farms will steal chicken eggs from chicken houses. Ermines can bring down animals much larger than themselves, due to their sharp teeth.


Ermines live in artic tundra regions, and also swampy areas.


The name 'ermine' can also refer to the white fur of this animal, which is used for the bordering of judges' robes in France and the UK. A judge or justice is an appointed or elected official who presides over a court. ...


In heraldry, one of the furs used in blazoning, representing the skin of the little animal of that French name (Hermine, the stoat). A field of ermine is argent (white) with sable (black) spots of a particular shape. The blazon of Bretagne is "Ermine", the shortest blazon in existence. Heraldry is the science and art of describing coats-of-arms, also referred to as achievements or armorial bearings. ... Binomial name Mustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758 The Stoat (Mustela erminea) is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae. ... For the rock band, see Argent (band). ... Binomial name Martes zibellina The sable, a small quadruped, closely akin to the martens, and known by the zoological names of Martes zibellina or Mustela zibellina, originated in Siberia and has achieved fame for its fur, which is integrated into various clothes fashions (for example a Shtreimel). ... This is an article about Heraldry. ... Capital Rennes Area 27,209 km² Regional President Jean-Yves Le Drian (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 7th) 3,011,000 2,906,197 111/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 201 Communes 1,268 Départements Côtes-dArmor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Finist...


A field of ermines is sable with argent spots. A field of erminois is Or with sable spots. A field of pean, finally, is sable with Or spots.


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Ermine - Mustela erminea (724 words)
Ermines may make their dens in the roots of trees farther south, but there are no trees on the tundra.
In the spring and summer the ermine's coat is chocolate brown with a white underbelly and a fl tip on the tail.
The ermine's flexible spine allows it to do the "marten run" in which the hind feet are tucked in by the front feet, causing the back to arch, and then extended.
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