Minks
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Description(physical description of your organism: size, weight, color, special markings etc...)


Minks are brown but can be white. Minks are the largest in the weasel family. Minks have a long body shape. Minks are 481mm-597mm
kingdom Animalia
phylum Chordata
class Mammalia
order Carnivora
superfamily Musteloidea
family Mustelidae
subfamily Mustelidae
genus Neovison and Mustela
spices Unknown

Habitat(where your organism can be found in or around the lake)


Minks live close to water. They live in small holes or nests. They live next to rivers to hunt for fish and to clean themselves.


Predators and Prey(what your organism eats and what eats it)


Natural predators of mink are coyotes, wolves, bears, great horned owls, and bobcats.Minks mostly eat small mammals like meadow voles and shrews. They swim and dive underwater to catch catfish. They will also eat birds eggs and freshwater muscules,snakes, rats, ground squirrels, salamanders, and a selection of insects. Larger males will attack and eat small rabbits. Young muskrats are vulnerable to attack from minks during the fall when dispersing from their nests/hole. They can catch trout with ease and have been known to catch a trout up to 1 foot in length. Occasionally, they will attack and eat ducks.

Native or Invasive (if invasive (non-native), when and how did it get into or around the lake)


Minks are native to Vermont.

Form vs. Function (how does your organism’s form (body structure) help it to function (survive)


Minks are sly and sneak up on prey. If a predator is trying to get a mink the mink will try to hide under something however the mink is such a desirable treat to predators that it has a hard time hiding.

Interesting Facts (such as: special adaptations and/or behaviors that help your organism to survive)

There are two living species referred to as “mink": the European milk and the American milk. The extinct Sea Mink is related to the American Mink, but is much larger. They all are dark brown, carnivorous mammals. The American Mink is larger and more adaptable than the European Mink. It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the European and American mink; a European Mink always has a large white patch on its upper lip, while the American species sometimes does not. A mink that does not have a patch is an American mink. American and European minks were at one point in the weasley family now they are there own family.



Resources (provide proper documentation of all resources used, including links)
Remember, you may not just copy information from websites, you must put all information into your own words!


Mink-Wikipedia, free encyclopedia

www.MinkPictures.org

__https://www.google.com/search?q=minks+pictures&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=n1S&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=tDiqUPHwJ5S40AG9-ICwAQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=918__

__http://www.arkive.org/american-mink/mustela-vison/video-08d.html__