Mammal Identification

American Mink Neovison vison

Identification features

Photo; Steve Docker
  • Medium sized mammal with short legs
  • Body fur is dark brown with a small white patch under the chin.
  • Tail length is about 50% of the head and body length combined
  • Head has small rounded brown ears
  • Face is dark brown

Mink can be found in and near wetland habitats.

Other identification clues


Mink droppings smell very unpleasant. They are between 60-80mm long and 10mm thick. They are found near water and contain fur, feathers and bones.


Photo: Steve Docker

The toes on a mink footprint have a star shape. The toe pads and claws often print together in a 'tear' shape.

Status in Derbyshire information