The Naturalist in Siluria (Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Brecknockshire and Glamorganshire). by Captain Mayne Reid

The Naturalist in Siluria (Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Brecknockshire and Glamorganshire). by Captain Mayne Reid

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...OUR WEASELS AS A STAIR OP SIX STEPS. In relation to our native Mustelidce, two points which seem to have escaped notice may be worthy of it: first, that within the limited area of our islands there are no less than six distinct species, taking the Otter as one; and second, that in size, or at least length, they should be nicely, almost exactly, graduated as the steps of a stair. An average-sized Otter, from tip of snout to that of tail, will measure above forty inches, the Pine Marten thirty inches, and the Stone or Beach Marten about twenty-five inches; while the three lower representative types of Mustela, Fitchet, Stoat, and Common Weasel, are of the respective lengths of twenty, fifteen, and ten inches. There is yet another odd circumstance connected with this graduation of length, each species doubling on the next above and below, so as to make certain lengths of the chain, as it were, duplicate. In other words, the male Weasel is often as large, or even larger, than the female Stoat; the male Stoat in turn running up to the dimension of the female Fitchet, with a like proportion throughout the series of six! The graduation, however, as observed in the three smaller species, is more strikingly curious from their closer resemblance to one another. I have a collection of these before me of every possible size, from the little she Weasel of less than nine inches long, to the he Polecat (Fitchet) of over twenty inches. But all with such family resemblance, alike vicious in look, that one might easily imagine them members of the same family, only of different ages. THE WHITE STOATS. In a number of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News I gave an account of two White Stoats taken in the parish of Flaxley, Gloucestershire, near the Forest of...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680499
  • 9781236680495