11 Things You Should Know Before Getting Minks as Pets

11 Things You Should Know Before Getting Minks as Pets

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Mink Are Semiaquatic

Minks are semiaquatic with webbed feet, allowing them to hunt efficiently by water's edge and live near lakes or rivers.

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Minks Have Webbed Feet

Webbed feet in minks create resistance, aiding faster movement in water with less effort.

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American minks are bigger than European

- American minks: up to 1.6kg, 70cm long.  - European minks: 700g, 38cm long.

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Minks Are Carnivores

Minks are carnivores, hunting fish, frogs, salamanders in water. They also prey on mice, voles, birds, and occasionally hares.

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Their Babies Are Called Kits

Baby mink (kit) born blind, stay in the nest till fully weaned. After 2 months, they start hunting, and by fall, seek their territory.

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Minks Rarely Dig Their Own Dens

Minks live in dens, sometimes dig their own, but often adopt other animals' homes. They add grass and fur for comfort.

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European Mink Is Critically Endangered

European mink critically endangered, losing half its population in 10 years. 80% may vanish in a decade. 

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Their Coats Are Water Repellant

Mink coated with protective oil, excels in water. Repels water, swift swimming, transition from water to land.

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Mink Fur Is Valuable

Mink fur is prized and farmed worldwide. Some farmers face protests due to concerns about inhumane practices and fur's use as a vanity item.

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They Can Smell Like Skunks

Consider minks as pets, but be cautious. When startled, they hiss, growl, and emit a skunk-like smell for defense.

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Minks Can Be Vicious

Minks can attack when threatened, with sharp teeth and claws causing harm. Some states classify them as exotic pets, imposing restrictions.