Monday Mustelid is back, folks, and with only six more editions after this week. You will have learned ALL THE MUSTELIDS! I feel confident that this knowledge will serve you well day-to-day.
The Stripe-backed Weasel (Mustela strigidorsa) is an average-sized weasel that can be found all throughout eastern Asia. While they’re shy and hard to spot (explaining the few images I was able to find for this edition), it is widely-distributed and believed to have a healthy overall population. The Stripe-backed Weasel seems to be an adaptable creature, able to absorb the impacts of habitat destruction to a certain degree.
Adult Stripe-backed Weasels can grow up to 14 inches (36 cm) in body length, and weigh about 4 pounds (2 kg). Their coats are dark or reddish brown in color, with pale or yellowish bellies and a thin, pale strip running down their backs (hence the name Stripe-backed Weasel). They have small, rounded ears and tiny dark eyes.
The diet and eating habits of Stripe-backed Weasels is not well-studied, but they have been observed to prey on bandicoot rats, and to forage for grubs and insects in hollow logs and rocky cracks and crevices. It is likely that their specific diet depends on their specific range, and that it is similar to other mustelids of their size.
Because most of the field sightings of Stripe-backed Weasels have occurred during the day, they may be most active during that time. They mark their territories by scent, with males having large territories that overlaps the territories of several females. Their specific reproductive habits are unknown.