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Long-tailed Weasel

Mustela frenata
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Habitat: Agricultural areas, grassy slopes, and alpine tundra.  It will inhabit aspen parklands, valleys and open forests if the short-tailed weasel is not present.

Description: Cinnamon-brown summer coat with an  orange or buff belly.  The tail is half as long as the body with a black tip.  The coat turns entirely white in the winter except for the black tip on the tail.

Size: 34-49cm long; 85-400kg

Diet: Voles, mice, ground squirrels, wood rats, red squirrels, rabbits, eggs and shrews.

Fun Facts: The weasel wraps its body around larger prey like a snake to knock it off balance, and wrestle it to the ground.  It then kills the animal with bites to the head and neck.

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

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Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon

Habitat: You are most likely able to see this Swallowtail in May or June.  It is a species that is rare in Alberta and can only be found in the extreme southwest. Predominately a forest butterfly, it prefers dry, open forests.

Description: A black and white butterfly, its wings are covered with thick black stripes with a small tail protruding off each hind wing.


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