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The Stoat – a fearless acrobat and rabbit hunter! Interesting facts about Stoats

The mustelidae family is known for the fact that all of its species are skilled hunters with fearless and aggressive natures and this one is no exception.

The hero of our story today is a stout mustela air mania in latin a cute hunter that easily attacks not only mice but also animals that are ten times its own size.

It also has impressive acrobatic abilities and incredible strength. The stout is one of the smallest predators of our fauna. The length of its body varies from 17 to 18 centimeters of which 6 to 12 centimetres make up the tail. The weight of the adults doubt varies from 70 to 260 grams.

It has a typical body of the mustelidae family long thin and flexible with short legs. These animals can be found in tundra forests tundra coniferous and deciduous forests and the forest steppe. They can also go up in the mountains to an altitude of 2,500 to 4,000 meters.

The main characteristic trait of the stouts can be described with one word predator. Even such predators as sables and martens gladly broadened their diet with pine nuts and various berries, the stouts taste is completely the opposite. If it could it would only eat meat and preferably the meat of the prey it just killed.

Most predators that both living and ancient ones are noticeably larger than their prey. This rule doesn’t work at the very top of the food chain. The largest living cats lions and tigers they hunt prey that exceeds their size all the time. The largest land predators of ancient faunas going back as far as the dinosaurs behave the same way.

Among the smaller animals however this rule rarely gets broken. If you don’t take into account those who attack in packs from wolves to piranhas there will be very few exceptions. The stout is one of those exceptions.

Stouts won’t pass on the opportunity to prey on a mouse or a small bird but their main prey is usually the water voles hamsters lemmings and if the opportunity would present itself they would attack larger animals as well such as muskrats and hares. For the continuation watch the video.

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