Yellow-bellied Weasel
Yellow-bellied Weasel
Range Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
Genus Mustela
Species M. kathiah
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Yellow-bellied Weasel is from the Weasel genus. It lives in the pine forests of Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.


The name for this Weasel comes from it's deep yellow coloured underbelly. It's upper parts are a dark chocolate brown and it's upper lip, chin and throat are edged in a lighter yellowish-white colour. The tail is more than half and sometimes nearly two-thirds as long as the head and body; it's foot pads are well developed and exposed and the soles of it's hind feet are bald.


Yellow-bellied Weasels can only be found in pine forests.


Yellow-bellied Weasels mainly feed on Rodents, such as rats, mice and voles, other small mammals and birds.


A captive Yellow-bellied Weasel will probably live for up to 8 years. In the wild it is likely that they will live several years more. Females become sexually mature their first summer, males will reach sexual maturity after 1 year of age.


  • A Yellow-bellied Weasel


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