Weasel, Giant Arctic

Weasel, Giant Arctic (CR 3)
Large animal
Init 13; Senses low-light vision, scent; Notice 18
Defense
AC 15, flat-footed 12
(+3 Dex, +3 natural, –1 size)
HP 34 (4d8+16)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +2
Offense
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d8+4 plus attach and bleed), 2 claws +6 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks bleed (1d4)
Statistics
Str 19, Dex 17, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +3; CMB +8; CMD 21 (25 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception), Skilled (Escape Artist, Stealth)
Skills Escape Artist +5, Perception +8, Stealth +8
SQ camouflage
ECOLOGY
Environment arctic
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure Value none

Opportunistic carnivores, weasels prefer their food live, or at least fresh. To maintain their high metabolism they must consume close to 40% of their body weight per day, so giant weasels hunt a wide variety of creatures. Though generally fearful of sentient creatures, giant weasels aggressively protect their territory.

Weasels fight by attaching themselves to their foes with their sharp incisors and then ripping open their victims’ flesh with teeth and claws. Using this tactic, giant weasels can take down large animals, such as elk and moose, and attack other predators if they can take them by surprise. Giant weasels make their homes in abandoned dens and burrows, and often bring back fur from their prey to line nests. Most weasels mate in the spring and give birth to litters of four to 10 young in the early summer. Giant weasels’ coats range from red to brown and sometimes gray; their underbellies are usually a lighter color, often white. They also exhibit a wide variety of markings ranging from stripes to masks, and some molt during the winter, producing a pure white coat. The proportion of the head and jaw varies among various subspecies. In folk tales and among hunters and trappers, weasels have a reputation for being exceptionally clever. Elders warn of giant weasels making off with human children, just as small weasels steal the eggs of birds. Giant weasels grow to up to 9 feet in length from nose to the base of their tails, which can grow to almost the length of their bodies. They weigh upward of 300 pounds.

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