The stoat is sometimes mistaken for its close relative, the weasel, but it is larger and has a distinctive black tip to its tail.



The stoat is active by day or night but when it does rest, it does so in a hollow tree, a rock crevice, under a log or stone wall, or a burrow from one of its prey victims. Around the den, it holds a territory the size of which depends on the type of habitat and the abundance of prey. In Europe this is normally between 2,000 - 4,000 sq. m, but in Russia, a more barren type of habitat, it may be up to 10,000 sq m.

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