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Much of its time was spent in this tall, upright position. What a long, lean animal! Wow, just noticed that this made Explore #4 today, 28th December 2006!! Thanks everyone - very much appreciated!

"Counting its tail, a large Long-tailed Weasel male, the largest of the three species in Canada, stretches nearly half a metre (20 in) in length, yet can slip into a hole just 3 cm (1.25 in) across. This enables it to enter small rodent tunnels used by mice and voles. In summer, it enters ground squirrels burrows in search of its favourite food. Average males measure 406 mm (16 in), their tail is 135 mm (5.25) long and they weigh 225 g (12.6 oz). Males are approximately 25 per cent larger than females, which on average weigh only 102 g (5.7 oz).

When winter approaches, within 30 days it grows a coat of white, giving it perfect camouflage against the snow -- all except for the tip of its tail, which stays black. A hungry predator, such as a hawk or owl, aims for that black tip, enabling the weasel to escape. Towards spring, between late February and April, in only 25 days, it reverses the process, acquiring the cinnamon-brown topcoat it will use all summer. This includes brown feet, unlike the other two species which retain white feet. The underside is usually buff-coloured." (Taken from the website).

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  1. reidbarclay [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

    Wow, what an amazing shot Anne!!!
    I never knew that weasels would sit still for that long, i think every time i have seen them or tried to get a shot they move at least every 3 seconds, :) well except for a Least Weasel that ran up my pant leg and stopped on my thigh for probably 10 seconds! even though it felt like a minute or more!!

  2. Stellaninthesun 51 months ago | reply

    When I saw this picture, I just laughed a lot haha! VERY NICE CAPTURE! ;-)

  3. artland 49 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
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  4. Robert,s 45 months ago | reply

    Great capturThis exceptional photo was viewed in
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  5. karinhardorff 44 months ago | reply

    Lovely image! So cute

  6. Linda2520 41 months ago | reply

    Still an awesome photo - I can imagine YOU miss him - her, as the case might have been.

  7. Photosuze 40 months ago | reply

    What a great photo! Love this pose and capture. Well done!

  8. Diane G. 40 months ago | reply

    Me again...
    So Beautiful!


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  9. Meremail 40 months ago | reply

    2006 eh? What a wonderful shot.
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    Well Done - Bravo!!


  10. Boomingecho 40 months ago | reply


    My Top Hat Club!!
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  11. Bionic Rhonda, back slowly 40 months ago | reply

    oh what a fantastic image....I love the information on this unique Weasel's tranformation... An attractive animal...
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  12. Pink~Kat 40 months ago | reply

    Heehee, I like this one!

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  13. Agarts 38 months ago | reply

    Hey, it's so cute. Want to touch... ;>>

  14. annkelliott 35 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much, everyone, for still looking at and commenting on this photo!

  15. Bingee 35 months ago | reply

    This beautiful photo was seen in:
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  16. pamela-ann 31 months ago | reply

    Stunning sellection of your Anne

  17. rosiespoonerphotos 28 months ago | reply

    I came across this lovely shot and had to add it to our current 'Snow and Ice' thread.

    Your photo was admired in Flickr Digital P&S Camera Club

  18. BluebearsLair 5 months ago | reply

    Great photo and wonderful information too. Congrats on Explore of course too.

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