The American Mink

Classification of the American Mink and Evolutionary Relationships

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Carnivora

Family:Mustelidae

Genus:Neovison

Species:N. vison

Evolutionary Relationships

The American mink's closest relative is the Siberian Weasel of Asia

Habitat and Diet

The American Mink mostly populates the undisturbed, rocky, coastal, close to shore areas of North America, but also can be found in South America and Europe. The Minks usually create dens in river banks,in holes under logs,or under stone piles.


The American Mink is carnivorous animal and it feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, amphibians and birds.

Social Interaction and Predators

The American mink does not form pair bonds, so they usually live alone.


The greatest predator of the mink are humans, but can also include coyotes, the Great Horned Owl, red foxes and wolves.

Movement, Size and Weight.

The mink is known for its excellent climbing and swimming skill, but it can also run at a speed of 4 miles per hour.


The body of a male mink measures 13–18 inches, while a female measures only 12-15 inches. Male minks weigh 1–3 pounds and females 1–2 pounds.

Baloo the mink learning how to catch fish in a stream