AnAge entry for Mustela nivalis

Classification (HAGRID: 02649)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Mustelidae
                    Genus: Mustela
Species
Mustela nivalis
Common name
Common weasel

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
9.1 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

One wild born specimen was still alive at 9.1 years of age [0671]. Anecdotal reports of animals living more than 10 years are plausible but remain unverified.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
120 days
Male sexual maturity
120 days
Gestation
36 days
Weaning
39 days
Litter size
5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.5
Inter-litter interval
200 days
Weight at birth
2.6 g
Weight at weaning
43.5 g
Adult weight
46.9 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0546 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
103%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 180554
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 36239
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