Snow Weasel

(Niveus hexipedis)

Little is known about this south polar species. Several naturally freeze-dried corpses have been studied, but there have been only a few documented sightings of living specimens. The creature's anatomy does reveal some information about its ecology, however. The animal is a mammaloid, with thick white fur and thicker blubber. It is a long bodied hexiped, with splayed feet and completely webbed toes. The animal's thick, otter-like tail is well suited to swimming and its muscles contain abundant myoglobin analogs indicating the creature can hold its breath for some time.

The snow weasel's head is large, and its teeth are those of an opportunist. The animal's eyespots run the length of its body, and though most are covered by long fur, they appear completely functional. The large olfactory lobes of the animal's brain indicate its sense of smell is of primary importance. Tiny mineral-rich, gel-filled pockets in the animal's tympanic apertures also imply that the species is sensitive to magnetic fields, perhaps allowing it to navigate over the featureless ice fields of its range. This may be key to the animal's survival, allowing it to reliably travel from thermal oasis (MG 155) to thermal oasis.

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