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Least Weasel

Mustela nivalis
Photo by Wayne Walker

Habitat: Shortgrass praries, tundra, coniferous forests, and marshes.  It chooses habitat based on abundant prey, not on habitat type.

Description: Walnut brown back, with white belly.  Short tail, with a few black hairs, but not  entirely black-tipped.  Coat turns entirely white in winter.

Size: 15-22cm long; 25-73g

Diet: Voles, mice, insects, amphibians, birds and eggs.

Fun Facts: In order to escape from predators, they can fit in holes as small as a "loonie"!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

False Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina racemosa

Habitat: Found throughout the woodlands and prairie thickets of Alberta.

Description: The flowers are small and white that grows in dense clusters at the ends of leafy stems.  Each flower resembles a miniature lily which turns into a purple berry when mature.  The plant itself grows in dense patches bearing ovate leaves.

Size: 0.5-1m tall

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