Ferret

Ferret

Ferret
Mustela putorius furo


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Mustelidae

Range

The domestic ferret was first bred from the wild at least 2,500 years ago. (The black-footed ferret was originally found Southwestern Canada to Northern Texas)


Habitat

Ferrets in the wild were found in temperate grasslands


Diet

Prairie dogs, mice, ground squirrels, and other small mammals

Weight

About 1 lb.

Body

15 - 18 in.

Tail

5 - 6 in.

Gestation

About 45 days

Young

6 - 8 kits

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • Domestic ferrets are descended from the European polecat and related to weasels.
  • Ferrets are still used for hunting (called ferreting) in some countries.
  • Ferrets spend 14 to 18 hours a day sleeping. Crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk).
  • Like a skunk, ferrets can release a scent secreation when startled or scared.
  • Male: hob; female: jill; young: kit; group of ferrets: business
  • Skillful climbers and good swimmers

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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