PRACOVNÍ VERZEWEASELS Weasels are furry mammals that are excellent hunters. There are about 10 different species of weasels that live in forests, meadows and grasslands. They can be found in North America, northern South America, Europe, Asia and the extreme north of Africa. Weasels live about 10 years in captivity. Weasels have very short legs, a long snout and a long slender body. Some weasels have long tails, others have short tails. They range from 13-41 cm long, plus a tail up to 18 cm long. Males are about twice the size of females. Weasels have brown to yellow –brown fur with paler fur on the belly. The tip of the tail of often black. Many weasels grow white fur in winter, but the tip of the tail remains black. When an animal chases the weasel, it will often chase the black tail tip and miss catching the weasel. Weasels are carnivores – they are meat eaters. They eat small mammals like mice, squirrels, rabbits and hares as well as birds, insects, carrion and berries. Weasels are preyed upon by owls and hawks.