American Ferret Life
span: American Ferret : 6-7 years European Ferret : 9-10 years
The american ferret
is descended from Mustela furo, the european ferret. It was
first domesticated in Egypt around 1200 BC. They were used as both
pets and hunting animals, usually going after rabbits or mice. They
tend to come in many color variations; albino, brown, chocolate,
They tend to have a
"whippet" body type, similar to a spring or slinky. When they walk
the central portion of their torso is usually elevated. They have
a strong burrowing instinct, and are known to very curious.
The only wild ferret
in north america is the black footed ferret, found in areas such
as Wyoming. They live in previously dug burrows and hunt on the
native prairie dog population. Males are referred to as "hobs,"
and females are known as "jills." Newborn ferrets are known as "kits,"
and reach maturity within 6 months.