Mustelidae - Otters, Weasels, Skunks


This Family consists of six sub-families, 29 genera and 64 species. They are widespread throughout the world except on certain islands and island countries. The smallest species of carnivore in the world belongs to this family, a tiny weasel that can have a body length as small as 4.5 inches long and a weight of a few ounces. All four feet have five toes and are used for digging. Some have webbed feet for swimming. Some of mustelids use their anal scent glands for protection.


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