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25 Stoat Pictures Because They’re the Cutest Little Predators
This is a stoat. It’s one of the cutest animals ever but is also a deadly predator.
The stoat is a carnivore, and it eats meat. It mainly eats other animals.
A stoat is believed to take down a rabbit by using a dance to immobilize the rabbit then killing it.
Stoats color in the winter and adopt a white coat. This camouflages it nicely against snow.
This stoat is a happily little creature! See his teeth? They’re extraordinarily sharp!
A baby stoat is called a kit. You’ll often see kits in stoat picture collections.
Because of their white fur, it’s harder to get stoat pictures in winter.
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Stoats go into the burrows of other animals to find food. They then use the fur of the animals they killed to line their nests.
Stoats are estimated to be in North America over 500,000 years ago.
Stoats make a little trilling sound.
Stoats weren’t native to New Zealand. They were brought there to hunt rabbits.
Stoats have been hunted for their fur, but are not listed as endangered.
Stoats are known as one of the 100 Most Invasive Species thanks to their introduction in New Zealand.
The word “stoat” is derived from the word “naughty” in Dutch (stout).
A male stoat is a jack, and a female stoat is called a jill.
Despite how cute stoat pictures are, please know that a stoat is not a good pet. In fact, some states forbid people from keeping a stoat as a pet.
Stoats are natural hunters and they are wild animals. If you find an abandoned baby stoat (a kit), call a wildlife rescue service near you to take proper care of it.
Stoats live an average of 4 to 6 years in the wild.
Stoats are very skilled predators, even at a young age.
If you see a group of stoats, that’s called a caravan.
Stoats are good swimmers and can climb well, which makes them a deadly match for their prey.
Stoats belong to the family Mustelidae.