Japanese weasel

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Japanese weasel
Mustela itatsi on tree.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Mustela
M. itatsi
Binomial name
Mustela itatsi
Temminck, 1844
Japanese Weasel area.png
Japanese weasel range
(blue - native, red - introduced)

The Japanese weasel (Mustela Itatsi) is a carnivorous mammal belonging to the family Mustelidae. It lives in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu of Japan. Major habitats are plains, but in western Japan it mainly lives in mountainous areas.

Appearance[change | change source]

Adult males of the Japanese weasel can reach 35 centimetres (14 inches) in body length with a tail length of up to 17 centimetres (6.7 inches). Females are smaller. The fur is orange-brown with darker markings.

Food and water[change | change source]

They eat mice, frogs, reptiles, insects and crayfish.

Reproduction[change | change source]

Breeding season is twice a year in Kyushu, once a year in Hokkaido.

References[change | change source]

  1. Abramov, A. & Wozencraft, C. (2008). "Mustela itatsi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern