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Mink


Facts

  • 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.

Eating Habits

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