a small carnivorous mammal with a slender body, short legs, and a long, bushy tail, known for its distinctive coat that changes from brown in the summer to white in the winter with a black tip on its tail
What is an "ermine"?
The ermine, also known as the stoat or short-tailed weasel, is a small carnivorous mammal of the Mustelidae family. It has a slender body, short legs, and a long, bushy tail. The ermine's coat is distinctive, typically being brown in the summer and changing to white in the winter, with a black tip on its tail. The ermine is known for its agility, speed, and climbing ability, making it an effective hunter of small mammals, birds, and insects. It is primarily found in northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, and is known for its adaptability to various habitats, including forests, grasslands, and tundras. The ermine is known for its territorial behavior and solitary nature, and is often associated with controlling rodent populations in agricultural areas. It is also valued for its fur, which is used in the production of clothing and accessories.