So here's some random Mustelids, with some pictures!
Nearly every member of the Weasel family is considered in a negative light, going right into the English language itself. A "weasely" person is cowardly and shifty- untrustworthy, and a "polecat" is a promiscuous woman. We "ferret" out the enemy, "badger" people to annoyance, and "skunk" out on the bill. The Japanese thought of them as yokai who, if they survived for 100 years, upgraded to even more powerful forms. This is largely because the animals are both extremely troublesome pests (easily killing chickens and other small domestic animals) and very difficult to catch, as well as having "underhanded" attack methods involving sneaking about and grappling larger prey with precision bites. Never mind the numbers of them that can spray you.
So similar to the Least Weasel that it was only listed as a separate species in 1992. Omnivorous enough to have 50% of its diet be plant matter.
LONG-TAILED WEASEL: North American weasel, varying in size across its range from 14-22 inches. Turns white in winter.
COLOMBIAN WEASEL: Very rare weasel known only from a few scattered specimens. Though to inhabit the rainforests of northern South America.
AMAZON WEASEL: The largest South American weasel.
MOUNTAIN WEASEL: Lives in the mountains of Asia.
YELLOW-BELLIED WEASEL: Chinese species with a distinct, yellow-colored underbelly. About 10 inches long.
JAPANESE WEASEL: Among the few mammalian predators left in Japan.
INDONESIAN MOUNTAIN WEASEL: These live on Java & Sumatra at high elevations, and are about 12 inches long.
MALAYAN WEASEL: These 12-14 inch Weasels live in the Thai/Malayan area in a wide swath across the islands.
SIBERIAN WEASEL: A medium-sized (11-15 inch) Weasel native to Asia. Their fur is often used for calligraphy pens.
BACK-STRIPED WEASEL: A 12-14 inch Asian Weasel.
BLACK-FOOTED FERRET: These animals are incredibly rare, and were once extinct in the wild owing to falling Prairie Dog populations and a plague- they are considered a success story of bringing captive creatures back to the wild. There now exist a thousand or so repatriated populations. They are quite similar to the Polecat & Mink in size and shape, just having more distinctive color separations on their fur.
FERRET-BADGER: Small, 3-7 lb. mustelids with five species: Bornean, Chinese, Javan, Vietnam & Burmese Ferret-Badgers. All but the Bornean (which is Endangered) are relatively-common, and live typical mustelid lifestyles, eating a variety of things. They pretty much all look like Ferrets, to me- long and slender, with triangular heads.
PATAGONIAN WEASEL: Small, 12-14 inch mustelids from western South America. More closely related to Grisons and African Polecats.
STRIPED POLECAT: Also called the "Zorilla", these long, striped mustelids hail from Africa. About 28 inches long and 2-3 lbs., they're standard-issue small mustelids. Aggressive and territorial, they will spray through their anal glands.
SAHARAN STRIPED POLECAT: These Polecats are white with brown stripes down their sides. These mostly eat eggs, small birds & mammals, and lizards.
AFRICAN STRIPED WEASEL: Looks exactly like a weasel with skunk colors. One of the smallest mammalian carnivores in Africa, about 11-13 inches long.
MARBLED POLECAT: Named for it's distinct black-spotted brown back, these live across Eurasia.
LESSER GRISON: Living further south than the much larger Greater Grisons, these max out around 5 lbs. Some have been tamed to hunt wild Chinchillas.
HOG BADGER: The long-nosed Hog Badger gets its name from the broad, flat end of its snout. Hailing from China, it's about as big as the other Badgers (15-31 lbs.)
GREATER GRISON: The large Grisons are part of the family Ichtonychinae, a mustelid type found across Europe & Africa. Bigger and stronger than weasels, they are robust and can live in various habitats, from high elevations to semi-aquatic ones.
Edited by Jabroniville, 11 May 2020 - 03:06 PM.