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Javan Ferret-badger Melogale orientalis
2013-01-01 14:09:23

The Javan ferret-badger (Melogale orientalis) can be found in Indonesia, with a range that includes Bali and Java. The preferred habitat of this species is not well known, but one specimen from Bali was found in a secondary forest near plantations. Other records show a preference for primary forests, so it is though that the Javan ferret-badger prefers a large variety of habitats. It was once...

Patagonian Weasel Lyncodon patagonicus
2012-12-31 13:27:36

The Patagonian weasel (Lyncodon patagonicus) is the sole member of its genus Lyncodon. Its range includes areas of Chile, western Argentina, and the Pampas. It prefers a habitat within xerophytic woodlands and shrub steppes. The Patagonian weasel can reach an average body length between 11.8 and 13.8, with a tail length between 2.4 and 3.5 inches. Its fur is mostly white, with brown and...

Striped Polecat Ictonyx striatus
2012-11-16 13:48:55

The striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus), also known as the zoril, zorilla, zorille, or the African polecat, is a member of the weasel family. It can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, and the Congo Basin. It prefers a habitat within open areas and savannahs. This species resembles a skunk, and even releases a foul odor when threatened by predators. It is black in color with four white...

African Striped Weasel
2007-10-23 13:58:02

The African Striped Weasel (Poecilogale albinucha), is the only member in the genus Poecilogale. It is a small black and white weasel native to sub-Saharan Africa. The African striped weasel lives in forests, wetlands, and grasslands. It is a nocturnal hunter of small mammals, birds, and reptiles. The weasel kills its prey by whipping its own body and kicking, making use of its thin, lithe,...

Greater Grison
2007-08-23 04:53:33

The Greater Grison (Galictis vittata), is an animal that belongs to the ferret family Mustelidae. It is native to Central and South America. It can be found from Southern Mexico to Brazil and Bolivia. It lives in savannas and rainforests, usually near rivers and streams. Greater Grisons spend most of their time on the ground at night hunting for food. They are nocturnal, but also may be...

Lesser Grison
2007-08-23 04:52:24

The Lesser Grison (Galictis cuja), is an animal that belongs to the ferret family Mustelidae. It is native to South America and is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Paraguay.

Tayra
2007-08-15 11:07:59

The Tayra (Eira barbara), is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. It is the only species in the genus Eira. Tayras live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In Central America it is known as the Tolomuco. They live in hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or nests of tall grass. They eat mainly fruit, but also carrion, small mammals and birds. Tayras have...

Wolverine
2007-08-10 16:41:52

The Wolverine (Gulo gulo) is the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family Mustelidae. It is also known as the Glutton or Carcajou. The wolverine lives primarily in isolated areas in the northern hemisphere. These areas include Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia. They are also native to Russia and the Baltic countries. Until the mid 1800's they were found as far south as...

Marbled Polecat
2007-06-25 07:46:23

The Marbled Polecat, Vormela peregusna, is a small mammal to the subfamily Mustelinae. They are typically found in the dryer areas and grasslands of southeastern Europe to western China. The range includes Bulgaria, Romania, Asia Minor, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, and other Asian countries. They are found in open desert, semi-desert, semi-arid rocky areas...

European Polecat
2007-01-22 15:28:04

The European Polecat (Mustela putorius), also known as a fitch, is a member of the Mustelidae family. It is related to the stoats, otters, weasels, and minks. They are dark brown with a lighter bandit-like mask across the face, pale yellow underbody fur, a long tail and short legs. They are somewhat larger than weasels, weighing between 24.69 oz (0.7 kg) for females to 59.97 oz (1.7 kg) for...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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