Scientific name: Mustela erminea
Nature Stars: 70
The Stoat is a small, active predator, around 25cm long with a tail of about 12cm. Their long, low-slung body makes them particularly well adapted for hunting rats and rabbits. They will easily kill adult rabbits which are much larger than them, which they kill with a bite to the base of the skull. Stoat can be found in a wide variety of habitats, but are perhaps easiest to see in open habitats such as sand dunes, grassland and heathland, with plenty of rabbits to be found.
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How to identify: Orangey-brown above with a creamy white throat and belly. Stoat are larger than weasels, with a longer tail with a black tip.
Where: Widespread, found throughout the country except some Scottish Islands, the Isles of Scilly and most of the Channel Islands.
Fantastic fact: In the winter, some Stoats go almost completely white, with just a black tip to the tail. This is known as Ermine.
Photograph credit: Rachel Scopes