Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Grison

Galictis vittata
There are two species of Grison in the world, the Lesser (G. cuja), and the Greater (G. vittata). They are both found on the continent of South America, and are sometimes referred to as South American Wolverines. The Greater lives further North, reaching into Mexico and Central America, while the Lesson Grison lives only in the southern parts of the continent.

Though they have a Wolverine name  they are no where near the size. These Mustelids grow only about 1 foot and a half in length, and they actually look a little skunk-like. Both species have black legs, bellies, and faces, but have a grey backs.

Grison are diurnal, and live either alone or in small groups that burrow into the ground for both food and shelter. They are omnivores, feeding on small mammals like mice and chinchillas, as well as on fruits. They kill their prey by a fast bite to the neck.

Interestingly, the Grison can be tamed, and they are used in the hunting of Chinchillas. This is not all that surprising when you remember that they are relatives to the Ferrets, which have been used in hunting for centuries.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : South America
Size : Length up to 20in (50cm), Weight up to 3kg
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae -- Genus : Galictis

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