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Stoat (left) and weasel (right) - dorsal (back) view.

Stoats and weasels are often confused but the difference between the tails is a distinguishing feature:

  • stoats have a black tip on their tails, whereas weasels do not
  • stoats have proportionately longer tails (noticeabley longer than the hind legs) compared to weasels (barely longer than the hind legs).

Photograph: by Ken Wright