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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
short tail weasel vs long tail weasel
Ok, so what's the deal? Can both species get to a big size, but you tell them apart by tail length? I've seen itty bitty ermines with short tails- ok that's a short tail I assume. Then I have a brown weasel of small size with a pretty long looking tail. Then there's these huge all white weasels from NY, plus some in brown and some in "greyback" ( changing from summer brown to winter white). These big ones seem to always have a tail that looks long to me. I always assumed the long tail was the bigger species. However there is a NY trapper at taxi-net selling a buttload of ermines, and has a big ermine pictured as well. It's huge in size, like the big ones I used to get from my old furbuyer in NY. The trapper is saying he doesn't see them that big very often and asks more money for it. My old furbuyer charged the same no matter the size and the # of big ones he sent me over the years leads me to believe they are common up there.
Anyhow I am now totally confused!
For the record, I can tell a least weasel from a little ermine type- the leasts do not have the black tip on the tail. My old furbuyer never sent me any leasts, not even sure you can legally have them.