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02 January 2010
2/2010
Commemorative Issue

Wildlife in Norway V

Norway
Otter  

Otter

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The European otter (Lutra lutra) is a predator belonging to the weasel family (Mustelidae). The otter was hunted for its valuable fur until 1970 and has been under total protection in Norway since 1982. They feed mainly on fish, but also eat crustaceans, birds and small rodents.

Lemming (Lemmus lemmus)  

Lemming (Lemmus lemmus)

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The lemming (Lemmus lemmus) is a rodent belonging to the hamster family (Cricetidae). It lives mostly in mountainous areas where it feeds on grass and moss. The lemming reaches sexual maturity when it is about three weeks old and the period of gestation is three weeks. Litters number between eight and ten young. A female can give birth to three to five litters in the course of one summer. There are normally three or four years between each peak year in the lemming population.

Wolverine (Gulo gulo)  

Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

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The wolverine (Gulo gulo) is the largest member of the weasel family. In appearance it resembles a small bear. Wolverines make winter lairs in snow drifts on steep mountainsides. They produce two or three young, usually in February or March. Reindeer are the wolverine

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