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Monday, December 29, 2008

Order Carnivora

Posted by on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM

iamsofat.jpgOrder carnivora contains the Aardwolf and the Eurasian Otter, but it does not contain the White Tailed Squirrel or any type of small, adorable mouse.

The largest member of order carnivora is the Southern Elephant Seal, which is larger than a Polar Bear (the Polar Bear is the largest land creature in order carnivora). That means it is also bigger than a Grizzly Bear. And, of course, a Bengal Tiger. Can you believe that a seal is bigger than a bear? Fantastic! What a big, fat seal!

The smallest member of order carnivora is the Least Weasel


The Least Weasel is the most dapper and chivalrous of all the placental mammals.
The Least Weasel "is rarely more than 23 centimeters (9 in) long."

Facts about the Least Weasel from the National Audobon Society Field Guide to Mammals:

Description: A tiny weasel.
Brown above, white below.
Tail very short, brown.
Feet white.
All white in winter in north.
Scat: similar to that of larger weasels but smaller.
Tracks: similar to those of larger weasels but much smaller.
Straddle: 1.25 inches to 1.75 inches; leaps occasionally 2 feet.


Facts about the Least Weasel from Wikipedia:

In Britain the Least Weasel is known simply as the Weasel.
Least Weasels have an even greater reputation for ferocity than other weasels.
Traditional Inuit lore held the Least Weasel in great respect because of its pugnacious nature.

If anyone asks you which weasel is the best weasel, please don't hesitate. Least Weasel!

All images from Wikipedia.


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@14, not much, according to Wikipedia:

Of the 16 extant species currently classified in the genus Mustela, ten have "weasel" in their common name. Among those that do not are the stoat or ermine, the two species of mink, and the polecats or ferrets.

I have to say, this ermine (or short-tailed weasel) edges out the least weasel above in cuteness.
Posted by Q*bert H. Humphrey on December 30, 2008 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Could someone please explain the difference between a weasel and a ferret?
Posted by J.R. Labrador on December 30, 2008 at 10:14 AM · Report this

Btw, I first saw depictions of a weasel in the cartoon US Acres (part of Garfield & Friends). I had always assumed they were grossly distorted images of a weasel, like Odie is a grossly distorted dog. But no, as I later found out, weasels really are that oddly shaped.
Posted by Q*bert H. Humphrey on December 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM · Report this
LINDY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Your posts are my favorites. No offense, other Slog contributors. Maybe if you had more animals and MS Paint I'd be willing to change my mind.
Posted by Jessica on December 29, 2008 at 7:45 PM · Report this
I prefer Moist Beaver myself. But that's just me.
Posted by Cookie W. Monster on December 29, 2008 at 5:37 PM · Report this
Most Weasel= Dick Cheney
Posted by Vince on December 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Most Weasel = a Fisher.
Posted by cw on December 29, 2008 at 3:24 PM · Report this
So what does the Most Weasel look like?
Posted by NapoleonXIV on December 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Meags FTW
Posted by Levislade on December 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM · Report this
Posted by meags on December 29, 2008 at 1:50 PM · Report this
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is that you?!

ZOMG! I want to hug him till his eyes pop out!
Posted by curious on December 29, 2008 at 1:48 PM · Report this
I love weasels. They get such a bad wrap.
Posted by Sir Learnsalot on December 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Posted by Andrew on December 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM · Report this
and, thankfully, not related to Horst Wessel....
Posted by michael strangeways on December 29, 2008 at 1:29 PM · Report this
I love that its name has "least" in it. It's the smallest amount of weasel one can get, I suppose.
Posted by Abby on December 29, 2008 at 1:24 PM · Report this

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