Photo by Needsmoreritalin
The American mink is a semiaquatic species native to North America. Between the 1920s and 1950s, American minks were imported to Europe, the USSR and southern South America for fur-farming purposes. Today in parts of Europe the American mink has been classified as an invasive species, linked to the decline of the European mink.
Due to selective breeding, farm-bred American minks can range in colour from beiges, greys; and to a brown that is almost black. You’ll often see them portrayed as pure white in art and animation, but this colour too is only created through selective breeding. A mink’s natural colour in the wild is brown. In the wild, their diet consists of rodents, fish, crustaceans, amphibians, and birds.
If trained properly, American minks make excellent hunting companions; as demonstrated by The Mink Man Joseph Carter on his YouTube channel.
Size: 30-55 cm / 12-22 in (males), 30-38 cm / 12-15 in (females)
Weight: 500-1,580 g / 1-3 lb (males), 400-780 g / 1-2 lb (females)
Range: North America (introduced to parts of Eurasia and South America)
Conservation Status: Least Concern