Stoats look incredibly cute but don’t let their appearance deceive you. Although completely harmless to humans, they are a fierce, fearless and determined predator.
They catch and eat animals up to five times their size. How do they do this? They have a distinct frenzied dance that distracts their target making it easier to pounce.
Stoats are good at self-preservation too. They have a black tip on their tail which distracts birds of prey, who focus on their tail rather than their body!
Stoat facts and statistics
• 24cm to 32cm in length
• Eat: rabbits, rodents and birds
• Can climb trees or burrow underground to get prey
How to identify
The stoat has a chestnut brown back with a white underbody. Its tail has a black tip on the end.
It can often be mistaken for the weasel but is generally larger with a black tip, whereas weasels have brown.
Green - common.
They can be found in many places including:
• Forest / Woodlands