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The Mustelidae (; from Latin ''mustela'', weasel) are a family of carnivorous A carnivore , meaning "meat Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Humans have hunted and killed animals for meat since prehistoric times. The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of animals such as chickens, sheep, rabbi ... mammal Mammals (from Latin language, Latin , 'breast') are a group of vertebrate animals constituting the class (biology), class Mammalia (), and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in Female#Mammalian female, females produce milk ...s, including weasel Weasels are mammal Mammals (from Latin language, Latin , 'breast') are a group of vertebrate animals constituting the class (biology), class Mammalia (), and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in Female#Mammalian fema ...s, badger Badgers are short-legged omnivore An omnivore () is an animal Animals (also called Metazoa) are multicellu ...
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Mustelidae
The Mustelidae (; from Latin ''mustela'', weasel) are a family of carnivora, carnivorous mammals, including weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, martens, minks and wolverines, among others. Mustelids () are a diverse group and form the largest family in the order (biology), order Carnivora, suborder Caniformia. They comprise about 66–70 species across nine subfamilies. Variety Mustelids vary greatly in size and behaviour. The least weasel can be under a foot in length, while the giant otter of Amazon rainforest, Amazonian South America can measure up to and sea otters can exceed in weight. Wolverines can crush bones as thick as the femur of a moose to get at the Bone marrow, marrow, and have been seen attempting to drive bears away from their kills. The sea otter uses rocks to break open shellfish to eat. Martens are largely arboreal, while European badgers dig extensive tunnel networks, called setts. Some mustelids have been domesticated; the ferret and the tayra are kept ...
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