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Minks In Tennessee

Mink Facts:Mink

Average 2-6 young born in April - May.

Young are born blind and helpless, covered in coat of fine, short, silvery-white hair.

Den is usually under roots of a tree near water, hole in the bank of a stream, house of muskrats that they have evicted or killed.

Chiefly nocturnal and solitary except when in family groups.

Excellent swimmer typically found around stream banks and lake shores.

Tireless wanderers traveling several miles in search of food.

Physical Characteristics of Minks

  • Average size 19-36 inches in length, including a 6-8 in. tail.
  • Average weight 1-3 lbs.
  • Fur is dark chestnut brown with occasional white spots on chin, throat and abdomen.
  • Pelage is soft and dense overlaid with longer, blackish guard hairs.

Mink Eating Habits

  • Weasel-like carnivore.
  • Eat small mammals, birds, eggs, frogs, crawfish, fish, reptiles and amphibians.