Mink are cute mammals with wonderful fur. There are two species: European and North American. You know, they are related to weasels.
This amazing animal has a slim and very long body, and short legs. The body of the North American mink is 30 to 50 centimeters long. Its tail is 13 to 23 centimeters long. Adults may weigh up to 1.6 kilograms. The European mink is smaller. By the way, mink fur is normally brown, but cultivated varieties are available in white, black, silver-blue, and blue pelages.
These animals live near water, so they swim and dive well. They are active mostly at night. The animal is carnivore and hunts fishes, birds, insects, and small mammals. Coyotes, foxes, wolves, and owls eat mink. To tell the truth, when this animal feels threatened, it gives off a bad smell.
They are solitary animals, except for groups consisting of a female and her recent young. Females give birth to two to seven young in April or May and raise their offspring for the first three or four months of their lives. They are mature at about ten months old and generally live about six years in the wild, and up to twelve years in captivity.
The American mink lives in the vicinity of a wide range of aquatic habitats in North America. The natural range of the Eurasian species extends through much of central Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and western Russia.