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Long Tailed Weasel

Mustela frenata latirostra

Its sharp muzzle and tubular head and neck allow the Long-tailed Weasel to go down gopher or squirrel holes in search of lunch. The weasel thrives in all but the most desolate California habitats, relying on skill rather than strength. It restrains larger prey with a vice-like grip at the back of the neck and then bites into the softer parts of the skull. From bees and rabbits, to mice, rats, or gophers, this weasel enjoys a buffet menu.

Fun Fact:
This opportunistic hunter will dine on prey as diverse as bees and rabbits.

What’s for Lunch:
Preferably a mouse, Woodrat, or Pocket Gopher, but almost any live prey will do.

Where’s Home:
Throughout the reserve; den made in thick brush