The Ermine, also known as the Stoat or Short-tailed Weasel, is a species of weasel native to Eurasia and North America. While similar in appearance to the typical weasel, the Ermine is distinguished by its larger size and longer tail.
With a population widely distributed across northern North American and Eurasian countries, ermines are most abundant in thickets, woodlands, and semi-timbered areas. These slender, agile, voracious mammals measure 13 to 29 cm (5 to 12 inches) in head and body length, have a tail length of 5 to 12 cm, and weigh less than 0.3 kg (0.7 pound).
Ermines feed on small mammals, birds, eggs, frogs, and occasional invertebrates. Small prey is seized at the base of the skull, larger prey by the throat. The litter contains 3 to 13 young, born after a gestation prolonged as much as 10 months because of delayed implantation in the wall of the uterus.
In summer the ermine is brown, with a whitish throat, chest, and belly. In colder climates the winter coat is white, except for the black tail tip. In moderately cold climates the fur becomes only partly white.
List of Ermine in Negima! Magister Negi Magi
- The magical community on Earth turns convicted criminals and lawbreakers into ermines as a punishment for breaking laws.
- The Ermine was named one of the world's top 100 "worst invasive species" by the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Invasive Species Specialist Group.
- Ermine fur is often used by Catholic monarchs, Pontiffs and Cardinals to line the mozetta cape. The fur is also used to form part of the parliamentary and coronation robes of British peers of the Realm.