mink lives mainly in the European part of Russia. The fur coloring of
this mink species is smooth; it is dark-brown with a noticeable lustre.
The lips and two small spots on the neck and chest are white.
mink.s body-length is 31-42 cm; the tail is 13-16 cm long, and its
weight varies from 450 to 1100 grams. The males are usually bigger then
the females and have a rougher build.
are well adapted to a half-aquatic way of life: they swim and dive
excellently and can swim a distance of 10-20 meters under water during
which time its fur won.t become wet.
main habitats are small forest rivers and streams. Mink live in the
flood-lands of big rivers and sometimes on big forest lakes.
animal lives on almost everything that inhabits lakes and their
surrounding: in winter mink feed on rodents, frogs and fish, in summer
on lizards and small birds, their eggs and nestlings supplement the
mink.s diet. Mink also eat crayfish, insects, mollusks and plants.
European mink is partly insured against a reduction in its numbers, as
the females of this species can have two litters in one reproductive
period, which lasts from the end of March till the beginning of May. 42
days after fertilization the female gives birth to 7 cubs, which, at
the age of 3 months have already reached adult-size and weight. The
lifetime of this animal is 7-10 years.