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The largest member of the genus Mustela in Britain, the European polecat (Mustela putorius) has a weasel-like slender body, short legs and a broad head. Males are much larger and heavier than females, but other than this size difference they share the same general appearance, with a buff to black coloured coat, and a black face with a white mask around it. During winter the coat is thick, lustrous and glossy, but in summer it is thinner and appears somewhat faded.


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