Report on the Quadrupeds of Massachusetts. Published Agreeably to an Order of the Legislature

Report on the Quadrupeds of Massachusetts. Published Agreeably to an Order of the Legislature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...tail, ...... 7 0 " " nose to the shoulder, ... 5 8 " " incisors to the meatus, .... 2 0 Skull. Length from the incisors to the crucial ridge, .. 2 3 " " " to the foramen magnum over the palate, 2 0 " " " to the meatus, 1 7 Width at the zygomatic arch, 1 3 in. t'thn. Height at the zygomatic arch, 0 8 Length of the lower jaw, ..... 1 3 Width, 1 2 Observations. The legs of the Mink are shorter, in proportion to the size and length of the body, than those of the Weasel. It is intimately related to the Otter in its form, depressed skull, webbed feet, thick tail, and in its habits, &c. It is common in Massachusetts; it is found in the vicinity of ponds and streams, in and around which it obtains its subsistence, The Mink is easily tamed, if taken young, and is susceptible of forming strong attachments. Its fur is of but little value, on account of its shortness, though it is quite fine. Its value, however, varies with the fashions of the day, and may, therefore, become more marketable than at the present time. It is common throughout the length and breadth of America, or it ranges from the Carolinas to 69 north latitude. It is said to have from four to seven young at a birth. 2. Putorius vulgaris. Cuv. The Weasel. Mustela vulgaris, Lin. Harlan, Fauna Am., p. 61. Mustela (Putorius) vulgaris, Richardson, Fauna Bor. Am., p. 45. Figure; Godman, Nat. Hist., i. p. 208. Specific characters. Reddish-brown above, white beneath, tail short, and of the same color as the body. Description. The color is uniform through the year, and rather brighter and paler than that of the Stoat in his summer dress. Richardson describes it as yellowish-brown, varying into chesnutbrown, and the under parts as...
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  • English
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