Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaMammals › Stoat

Mustela ermina, Stoat, Røyskatt. 30cm.

They are a fairly common resident, from the mature forests up to the tundra, especially around the tree line.

They hunt small rodents and birds, including grouse, and will even kill a hare. They also eat carrion.

They live in fur lined dens in burrows, rock crevices or tree hollows. The sexes are alike but the male is bigger. In the summer they are brown and yellowish white, but in winter all white. The tip of the tail remains black throughout.

They can live for up to 4 years.