Mustela putorius, commonly known as the European polecat, is a small mammal with a long, slender body and short legs. It has a brownish-black fur coat with a white underbelly and a white stripe running down its back. Its distinguishing features include a black mask around its eyes and a black-tipped tail. It is found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands, and can live up to 10 years in the wild. The current population of Mustela putorius is estimated to be around 1.5 million.
Name Origin: Mustela putorius, commonly known as the European or common polecat, is a species of weasel native to western Eurasia and North Africa. The name Mustela putorius is derived from the Latin words mustela, meaning "weasel", and putorius, meaning "stinker". This name is likely a reference to the polecat's strong, musky odor, which it uses to mark its territory.
Related Species: Mustela nivalis, Mustela erminea, Mustela vison, Mustela lutreola