Grison

GrisonGrison — The genus Galictis includes two species of grison, a weasellike mammal, also known as hurón in Spanish and furão in Portuguese. The lesser grisón (Galictis cuja) and the greater grisón (Galictis vittata) are both found in South America, with the latter’s range extending through Central America to southern Mexico as well.

Grisóns measure up to half a meter in length, and weigh between 1 and 3 kilograms. The lesser grisón is slightly smaller than the greater. The grison generally resembles the mink, but with a shorter tail, shorter legs, and more robust body. The pelage along the back is a frosted gray with black legs, throat, face, and belly. A sharp white stripe extends from the forehead to the back of the neck.

The grisón lives on the llanos and in low-elevation forests. They burrow and nest in holes in fallen trees or rock crevices. They are omnivorous.

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