Reddish brown above; beneath white: tail of the same colour with the body.

M. vulgaris, Desm. Mammal, p. 179. Flem. Brit. An. p. 13. Common Weasel, Perm. Brit. Zool. vol. 1. p. 95. pi. 7. no. 17. Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol. 1. p. 420. pi. 98.

Dimensions

Length of the head and body (male) eight inches three lines, (female) seven inches; of the head (male) one inch nine lines, (female) one inch six lines; of the ears (male) four lines, (female) three lines; of the tail (male) two inches four lines, (female) two inches.

Description

Upper part of the head, neck and body, shoulders, external and anterior portions of the fore legs, and hind legs wholly, reddish brown tinged with yellowish; the under parts, from the extremity of the lower jaw to the vent, white: a brown spot below each corner of the mouth.

Var.β . White, with a few black hairs at the extremity of the tail.

Common everywhere in the vicinity of barns and outhouses. Devours young birds, eggs, rats, mice, moles, etc. Breeds twice or thrice in the year, and produces from four to six young at a birth. The white variety is rare. - Obs. The female of this species is constantly much smaller than the male, and is probably the animal alluded to in White's Nat. Hist, of Selb. (vol. 1. p. 73). under the name of Cane.