Short Tailed Weasel

An ermine is really a short tailed weasel whose brown summer coat has turned white in the winter.

An ermine is really a kind or weasel whose brown fur has turned white in the winter.  It is called an “ermine” only when its fur is white.

Weasels live in many parts of the world.  But only in such cold northlands as Canada and Siberia can you find weasels that turn into ermine.

This foot-long animal, known as the short-tailed weasel, has a long, slender body and short legs.

In summer, the weasel wears a coat of silky brown fur, in the autumns; its brown hairs are gradually replaced by new white ones.

By winter the short-tailed weasel has become a spotless white ermine, with a coat black tip on its tail.

Just the opposite happens in the spring, and the animal is once again a brown, short-tailed weasel.  The result is a year-round camouflage.

Ermine is sometimes called “royal” fur.  At one time in England, only royalty was allowed to wear this valuable fur.  When used by royalty, ermine fur is called “miniver.” – Dick Rogers