Friday, May 30, 2014

wildlife animals of american mink images collection

Mink is a common name for an alert, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammal of the Mustelidae family which also includes otters, weasels, badgers, wolverines, and polecats.The American mink is larger and more adaptable than the European mink. It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the 2 species; European mink always have a large white patch on the upper lip, whereas the American species sometimes does not. Therefore, any mink without a patch can be identified as an American mink, but individuals with a patch cannot be positively identified without examination of the skeleton.

The fur of the American mink has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting being replaced by farming. Its treatment has also been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare activism.This animal oil is used in some medical products and cosmetics, as well as to treat, preserve, and waterproof leather.Both the American and European mink are semiaquatic carnivores. Their diet mostly consists of fish, small rodents, amphibians, crustaceans, and insects depending on its ecological niche. Voles are one of the primary targets for both mink species and as a result of this, some vole species are experiencing a significant population decline.To see more pics.......

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