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Critters of the Elms

American Mink specimen

The fur of an American mink can be anywhere from light brown to almost black. This specimen’s fur has turned white because it is so old. The fur of a living mink does not turn white. A mink can climb trees and is a good swimmer. At one time it was popular to make ladies fur coats out of mink pelts. Minks are common in some parts of Maryland.

This specimen is displayed at Elms. Picture taken 2012.

Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012

photos copyright Hester Burch

This bullfrog welcomes visiting 1st graders at Elms this winter. Winter 2012.

Rock Doves: April 2010

These gorgeous rock doves (Columba livia) are not native to the United States but there are now many wild and domestic populations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

photos copyright Hester Burch

As far as I know, they are not commonly seen here at Elms.

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