Ermine

Ermine
Ermine

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
GenusMustela
Binomial nameMustela erminea

Range Map

Ermine range map
Range of species in blue

Description

The ermine is a solitary weasel that lives in the northern part of the continent. Their color is dark brown on the back and white on the underbody during the summer.

In winter, their color changes to almost pure white. They measure from 17 to 32 cm and weigh about 260 g. 

Ermine is a carnivore that eats mainly rodents but sometimes will eat birds, fish, amphibians, small reptiles, and insects.

They live in taigas and tundras, with a lifespan of 4 to 6 years in the wild.