Weasel Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Come learn about weasels. They are small animals, but good hunters, and are found in many places around the world. This lesson will teach you about weasels, where they live, what they eat and other cool facts.

What Is a Weasel?

Imagine walking through tall grass when suddenly you see a small, skinny animal with brownish red fur, small round ears and a tail. Its cute face has whiskers, a pointy little nose and small dark eyes. But this is not the cute, cuddly animal you think it is. With its sharp teeth and ability to spray a stinky smell, the weasel is not something you want to get too close to.

Weasels look cute, but they are fearsome hunters
Weasel with Round Ears and Brownish Red Fur

A weasel is a small animal that has a slender body, is a good hunter and eats animals. There are different kinds of weasels, but they are all usually between about eight and a half to fifteen inches long.

Depending on where the weasel lives, its fur coat may stay a brownish red color or turn white in the winter, for the same reason polar bears are white - to blend in with the snow.

Some weasels with long tails are called 'long-tailed weasels', which is probably not a surprise, while other kinds, like 'least weasels', have shorter tails.

Have you ever heard the song, 'Pop! Goes the Weasel'? Just like this popular children's song says, weasels like to pop up on their back legs so they can get a good look at what's going on around them. They are good runners, swimmers and tree climbers, too.

Weasels like to pop up to get a good view
Weasel Popping up to Look Around

Weasels are also related to the skunk, and some can spray an enemy with a stinky, greasy liquid from under their tail as a way to protect themselves and mark their territory.

Where Do Weasels Live?

In the wild, weasels are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Depending on the kind of weasel, you can find them in places like grasslands, woodlands and brushy areas.

Weasels don't like the company of other weasels and live alone most of the time, except when a mother weasel has babies.

Weasels take over the burrows of other animals, sometimes after they kill the animal that lived there. Because they are skinny, it is easy for them to sneak right into a narrow burrow and attack its owner. Weasels don't make good neighbors!

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