Monday, November 19, 2012

Ermine From Alaska (Texas Polar Bear)

Texas Size Polar Bear, Alaska
Same size as Alaskan Ermne

Photo Courtesy Bill Wyatt

The back says this is "Another ..."alaska joe" original' postcard -
so by saying this is Texas size, they are making fun of the fact that everyone thinks of Texas as this huge state when Alaska is soooo much bigger! .....

 Alaska 663,267.26 square miles
 Texas  268,580.82 square miles


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The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the ermine or short-tailed weasel, is distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. Its range has expanded since the late 19th century to include New Zealand, where it is held responsible for declines in native bird populations.

The winter fur is very dense and silky, but quite closely lying and short, while the summer fur is rougher, shorter and sparse. In summer, the fur is sandy-brown on the back and head and a white below.  In the stoat's northern range, it adopts a completely white coat (save for the black tail-tip) during the winter period. Differences in the winter and summer coats are less apparent in southern forms of the species.

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