American mink

(Neovison vison)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Densely vegetated areas along streams and lakes; in swamps and marshes

Lifespan

About 10 years

Size

Total length: 18 to 27½

Head and body: 12 to 17

Tail: 5 to 9


Identification

The pelage (fur) is light to dark brown except for a white chin patch and white patches on the throat and breast. It does not turn white in winter. The tail is blackish toward the tip.

 
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Similar
Species

Least weasel (Mustela nivalis) is much smaller, no more than 8½ in length including the tail. The underparts and feet are whitish in summer. In winter the pelage is entirely white. The tail is short and may have a few black hairs at the tip but is not black tipped.

Ermine (Mustela erminea) is smaller. The underparts and feet are white or yellowish-white in summer. The tip of the tail is black. In winter the pelage is entirely white except for the black tip of the tail.

Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) is smaller. The underparts are yellowish-white in summer. The tip of the tail is black. In winter the pelage is entirely white except for the black tip of the tail.

Northern river otter (Lontra canadensis) is much larger, 35 to 51 in length including the tail.


Food

Any animals in or near the water. In the summer, crayfish, fish, small frogs, small mammals, and small birds. In the winter mostly mammals.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

Mink are most active at night but occasionally hunt during the day.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 15, 29, 76.
Timm, R. M. 1975. Distribution, natural history, and parasites of mammals of Cook County, Minnesota. Occasional Papers, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota 14:1–56.

Hudson Bay mink (Neovison vison lacustris) is found along the northern border of Minnesota.

Mississippi Valley mink (Neovison vison letifera) is found in the remainder of the state.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Carnivora (carnivores)

 

Suborder:

Caniformia (caniform carnivores)

 

Family:

Mustelidae (weasel, mink, badger, martens and others)

 

Subfamily:

Mustelinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Alaska mink (Neovison vison ingens)

American mink (Neovison vison evagor)

American mink (Neovison vison lowii)

Aniak mink (Neovison vison aniakensis)

California lowland mink (Neovison vison aestuarina)

common mink (Neovison vison mink)

eastern mink (Neovison vison vison)

Everglades mink (Neovison vison evergladensis)

Florida mink (Neovison vison lutensis)

Gulf Salt Marsh mink (Neovison vison halilimnetes)

Hudson Bay mink (Neovison vison lacustris)

island mink (Neovison vison nesolestes)

Kenai mink (Neovison vison melampeplus)

Mississippi Valley mink (Neovison vison letifera)

southern mink (Neovison vison vulgivaga)

western mink (Neovison vison energumenos)

 
Synonyms

Mustela vison

 
Common
Names

American mink


 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

pelage

The coat of a mammal, consisting of fur, wool, or hair, and including a soft undercoat and stiff guard hairs.

 

 

       

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  American Mink
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Published on Nov 16, 2015

Wildlife Habitat Video
FORY 5230 - Auburn University
Assignment: Make a 7-10 minute video about the optimal habitat for the American mink, Neovison vison (Mustela vison).

REFERENCES:

Blanco, J. C. (1998). Mamíferos de España: Cetáceos, artiodáctilos, roedores y lagomorfors de la península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias. Barcelona, Spain: Planeta.

Lariviere, S. (1999). Mustela vison. Mammalian Species, 608, 1-9.

Trani, M. K.; Chapman, B. R. (2007). American mink, Mustela vison. The land manager’s guide to mammals of the South. Durham, NC: The Nature Conservancy; Atlanta, GA: U.S. Forest Service: 499-504.

CLIP SOURCES in order of first appearance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsULEr_7ios
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8BVx0uE7SA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deSIHqaohlA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZwlKANA43w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ZJ4dtTwbo

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  Mink (Mustelidae: Neovison/Mustela vison) Running with a Fish
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Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 August 2010).

 
     
  PART 1 - Scientific Filmmaking BMSC - Final Project on the American Mink
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Uploaded on Dec 27, 2009

This is PART 1 of our final video project that we made for our filmmaking class. It had to be a 10-12min documentary on marine life or science. My partner and I filmed it in about 4 days and edited it all in 1 night! We decided to do our documentary on a day in a life of a male mink, all filmed in Barkley Sound, British Columbia. We had a lot of fun filming it, but spent hours sitting around and waiting for the mink to appear. We had no steady cam, and usually couldn't set up our tripods in time, so warning: the footage is a bit crazy shaky! We received the Bammy Award for the Best Wildlife Footage at the 1st Annual Bammy Film Awards. (It was an awesome gold spray-painted rubber boot!)

 
     
  The American Mink "The most elusive and fierce little creature" by Tyler Goodale
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The American Mink "The most elusive and fierce little creature" by Tyler Goodale: "Probably the most elusive and fierce little creatures I know. The American Mink....I just happened to make friends with a few." I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (https://www.youtube.com/editor)

Probably the most elusive and fierce little creatures I know. The American Mink....I just happened to make friends with a few

 
     
  Washushe the Mink Attacks Dog Durring First Hunt
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Published on Feb 23, 2015

This is the first hunt for my crazy mink Washushe. The word "washushe" (wash-oo-shay) means "beyond brave" in the Omaha Native American language. As you'll see in this video, he was given that name for a reason!

 
     

 

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