January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Mink, a valuable fur-bearing animal of the weasel family. The three chief species are the American mink, European mink, and Asiatic mink. The adult American mink has a slender body about 18 inches (46 cm) long and a bushy tail 7 to 9 inches (18 to 23 cm) long. The fur is dull yellowish brown to deep chocolate brown above, lighter beneath. Often there are white spots on the chin and throat. The fur consists of a dense, soft underfur mixed with long, lustrous guard hair. The mink's legs are short, its feet partly webbed. Like all members of the weasel family, the mink has a musky odor.


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