member of the small marten family changes its colouring abruptly
dependently on the season. In summer its head and upper body is brown,
but its chest and belly are yellowish-white. In winter the animal is
completely white and only the tip of the tail is black. Weasels weigh
about 200 g and their length, including the tail, is about 35 cm.
This animal lives almost everywhere in Russia, except of The Crimea, Tran Caucasus and the deserts of Middle Asia.
eats water rats and field mice and more seldom eats birds, frogs and
lizards. Female weasels bare their unborn young for 9-10 months. The
breeding period begins in the middle of summer and only by the next
spring the female gives birth to up to 12 young. The lifetime of the
weasel in the wild is 5-7 years.