Stoat (Mustela erminea)

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  1.   1.  Range
  2.   2.  Speech
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Latin Name Mustela erminea richardsonii
Common Name Stoat, ermine, short-tailed weasel
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Summer
Winter

The Stoat is a weasel-like Mustelid; the stoat found in 'Souls is the Richardson's stoat (M. e. richardsonii). Larger of size and with long tail with a prominent black tip. The stoat found in Nova Scotia is especially large, with a more lightly-built skull than other subspecies. The stoat has an elongated neck, the head being set exceptionally far in front of the shoulders. The trunk is nearly cylindrical, and does not bulge at the abdomen. The greatest circumference of body is little more than half its length.

The Stoat has a dull chocolate brown summer coat. The winter fur is very dense and silky, but quite closely lying and short, while the summer fur is rougher, shorter and sparse. In summer, the fur is sandy-brown on the back and head and a white below. The division between the dark back and the light belly is usually straight. In winter, it adopts a completely white coat (save for the black tail-tip) during the winter period.

Stoats are burrowing species, but they use the burrows of kills rather than doing their own burrowing.

1.  Range

All of 'Souls, but concentrated in the Northern Tides and Sticks and Stones regions especially.

2.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci in its natural state. However, this creature is listed as having the ability to comprehend high speech, and may be able to learn to speak broken high speech.

3.  Uses

  • Fur, winter or summer. Stoat skins are prized by the fur trade, especially in winter coat, and used to trim coats and stoles. The fur from the winter coat is referred to as ermine.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

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