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Mink

Mustela vision

by Princess

classification

kingdom: anamalia
phylum: chordata
class: mammalia
order: carnivora
family: mustelidae
genus: mustela
species: mustela vision

Physical Description

The male minks are 23-28 inches long with a 9 inch furry tail. They weigh about 3 pounds. Females are more petite. They only measure 18-22 inches and aren't as heavy. Mink's fur is a rich chocolate brown. Minks are small animals with long and slender bodies. Their legs are short and slender. Their toes are partially webbed they prove the minks semi aquatic origins. Minks are also known for their long necks, flat and pointed face, and long and bushy tail.

Diet and Feeding Habits 

The mink eat more fish in the winter time because the fish swim slower and they are easier to catch.

Reproduction 

Minks only mate between the months of January and April. Babies are born in April and May. When the young are born they weigh in between 1/4 oz. They nurse for the first 5-6 weeks of life. The young stay with their mothers till fall. Then they go off and have a life of their own. They do not have permanent mates so the male leave the territories and go in search of females. The male does not help the female raise and train the young. They have about 2-10 young at a time.

Habitat 

They are found by water, and are seldom found far from rivers banks, lakes and marshes. Mink can swim very well and some of the food they eat they either catch from the water or catch from nearby the water for example: crayfish, water birds, fish, frogs, snapping turtles, or anything worth its attention it is sure to eat.

Role in the Ecosystem

Minks like to eat mice and rats. Most of the things mink eat carry diseases, so that means mink get rid of a lot of sicknesses and diseases in the world. Minks will also eat anything worth their small attention.


Bibliography 

www.animaldiversity.ummz.edu/site/accounts/classification/mustela_vision.html
www.american-mink.com/
www.nature.ca/notebook/english/ammmink.html
www.wildernessroom.com/www/bca/history/mink.htm
www.arkive.org/species/ARK/mammals/Mustela_vision.html