Genus: Mustela: putorious
Size: Body length – 16 inches; tail length- 10 inches; weight- 5-7 lbs
Breeding: 1-2 years old
Gestation: 1-2 years old
Mating: year round, 2x year
Gestation: 43 days
No. of Young: 5-8
Diet: Small rodents, mammals, insets, fruits and vegetables
Lifespan: 6 – 10 years
Ferrets, also known as “European polecats”, originated in New Zealand and are now domesticated in America and Great Britain. They live in rocks and crevices, hollow logs and burrows made by other animals.
They come in a variety of colors; white, gray, brown, black and variegated or sable. Ferrets have a flexible muscular and skeletal structure which ash given them the nickname of “Nature’s Slinky”.
In the United States there are over 1 million ferrets used as pets. They love to cuddle, run, jump and hide. In other countries they are raised on farms for their pelts and for meat.
Ferrets are not endangered.