The weasel family or mustelids is made up of about 65 species of small to medium carnivores. Most have short, powerful legs, stout claws, and a long, tube-shaped body. All of them have musk glands located near the tail. The musk is often potent and many species have the ability to ‘spray’ this at would be attackers.
The diets consist largely of small animals, birds, or fish and they are important in the wild for helping to keep rodent populations in check. Many have and continue to be hunted or trapped for their soft underfur, though they are now more often raised on farms for their fur.
Many are surprising in regard to their ferociousness and they often aggressively defend themselves against much larger foes.