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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.

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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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