body of the American Mink is long with a short flat head
and the legs are short and more compact than those of
the weasel. Body length is 300-430 mm with tail length
of 158-230 mm. The coat is thick and gleaming with short
hairs. Coloration varies from white to blue. They are
skillful swimmers and divers with webbings between the
typically live along streams, rivers and lakes preferring
densely vegetated areas. They build their nests
in hollow trees, beneath stumps or roots. They
are generally nocturnal and feed on aquatic organism as
well as small animals and insects.
Mink are solitary
and generally hostile to one another except when coming
together for breeding. Females
are polyestrous but have only one litter per year in the
spring. Litter size average 5 young.
Mink are extensively
bred on farms for their fur. Selective breeding is used
to yield unusual color variations in the pelts.
visori have established populations in Canada, USA
(Alaska throughout all of USA except SW deserts). Inrtoduced
to Belarus, Belgium, China, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Great
Ireland, Ialy, Japan (Hokkaido) Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rusia, Spain, and Sweden.