PREDATORS:

The raccoon is a nocturnal mammal.  It is unusual because of its “opposable thumb”.  It is an omnivore with a reputation for being clever and mischievous.  The raccoon will destroy a pond as it removes fish, snails, frogs and plants.

The great blue heron has blue-grey wings and back, and a white head with a black cap and a long black plume.  It has a long neck, streaked with white, rust-brown, and black, and a short tail.  The beak is long and yellow and tapers to a point.  Legs are long, and greenish-yellow.  The blue heron is a wading bird.  It will only access shallow ponds.  It is a stealthy hunter going after fish and frogs.

The kingfisher has a large head, long, sharp, pointed bill, short legs, and a stubby tail.  It lives in woodland and wetland habitats.  The kingfisher hunts small fish and frogs by diving.  It beats its prey to death by whipping it against a tree or by dropping it from the top of a tree.

The American Mink (Mustela vison) is in the weasel family.  It can be found in streams, lakes, and ponds.  A mink has a thick, soft lustrous coat that varies from dark brown to black; oily guard hairs giving fur a glossy appearance; pale underside; white patch on lower lip; short legs; long neck and body; partially webbed feet; pointed face and small ears.  A male will measure 19in - 24in and a female will measure 16in - 23in).   A mink is a solitary, nocturnal animal that can be seen hunting at dawn and dusk   It is primarily carnivorous eating small mammals, rodents, frogs, fish, crayfish, birds, eggs, insects, worms and some plant matter.  A mink will willingly swim under water, and can dive to depths of 15ft to 18ft.


 

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