Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Mustelid Family

 The mustelid family is a diverse group of carnivores. Several Canadian residents are grouped together in this display case, starting with the fisher.

Above are three others: the least weasel, the ermine, and the long-tailed weasel.

Side by side are the American mink and the American marten.

Two aquatic members of the family: the sea otter and the river otter.

Here we have two takes on the American badger.

And two takes on perhaps the most formidable and misunderstood member of the family, the wolverine.

We finish today with two panels.


  1. Speaking of mustelids, we saw a Mink down by the Conestogo River yesterday.

  2. ...critters that I rarely see.

  3. Had never heard of mustelids. Thank you for sharing.

  4. @Iris: they're fascinating animals.

    @David: that's not a surprise.

    @Tom: no, but at least some of them will be around.

    @Magiceye: you're welcome.

    @Nancy: I guess there aren't any kind of weasels in your part of the world.

  5. I have heard of all of them but the only ones that I am familiar with are sea otters.

  6. Powerful predators despite their size ~ neat photos ~ thanks for letting me know my first video worked ~
    Hope you are warm and cozy ~

    Moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Many of these are around but we don't see them. There are weasels here but I rarely see one.

  8. I'm only familar with the wolverine. I never heard of the others.
    Thanks for sharing, William.

  9. Fortunately these cute critters'fur is not used anymore for coats or hats !!

  10. Oh wow! So cute!
    Such creatures I have not seen before. They have difficult lives what with humans and other animals hunting them too.

    Have some catching up to do with this tour...

  11. Far different from the ferrets I have seen. Tweeted

  12. @DJan: I've got the most familiarity with river otters, who are a lot of fun to watch when they're in the water.

    @RedPat: they can be.

    @Jan: they would be.

    @Sharon: that it is.

    @Carol: you're welcome.

    @Red: we also have weasels about, but they tend to prefer to keep to the countryside.

  13. @Bill: wolverines fascinate me. I remember seeing a documentary about them that showed them in a different light than their reputation as vicious, surly, and anti-social.

    @Gattina: at least for the most part.

    @Marie: I do too.

    @Gemel: you'd enjoy it.

    @Revrunner: wolves are amazing.

    @Mari: thank you.

  14. Nice to see these photographs.
    The only one I've heard about is the wolverine.

    All the best Jan

  15. I hope the mink aren't still hunted for their skins 😱 Wolverine 😉

  16. I've learnt from your post that weasles and otters are from the same family of mamals:)

  17. Ooh! We have a weasel, for sure. I must go down to the trailcam!!!!

  18. very cool. enjoy seeing critters we will probably never see in real life. way neat-O!! ( ;