long-tailed weasel, bridled weasel (Mustela frenata)
Mustela frenata watches from a lava rock outcrop that borders a green strip of Agropyron cristatum along Lincoln Blvd.
Date 18 June 2011
Source Mustela frenata http://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/5848795808/
Author Matt Lavin http://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/
The long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), also known as the bridled weasel or big stoat, is a species of mustelid distributed from southern Canada throughout all the United States and Mexico, southward through all of Central America and into northern South America. It is distinct from the short-tailed weasel, also known as a "stoat", a close relation which originated in Eurasia and crossed into North America some half million years ago. Order: Carnivora, Family: Mustelidae, Subfamily: Mustelinae, Genus: Mustela, Species: Mustela frenata Lichtenstein, 1831.