Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Highlight the Everglades Mink

By  //  August 20, 2015

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eats crayfish, snakes, fish, other small mammals

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)

 EVERGLADES, FLORIDA – Who’d wear a mink coat in this hot weather?

The Everglades mink, of course. The Everglades mink is long, about 20 inches on average, but lightweight – only 1.5 to 3.5 pounds – and appears to live a fairly solitary life.

Its beautiful coat is dark brown but occasionally marked with a white chin or chest.

It dines on crayfish, snakes, fish, other small mammals and birds.

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens.

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Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada.

Although European mink can look similar to American mink, they have been classified as belonging to a different genus and are closer to polecats than they are to their North American cousins.

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Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)

Members of the weasel family, mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals that are related to weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, and martens. Sleek with thick, chocolate-brown fur, American mink live near rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America and Canada. (MyFWC.com image)


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