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Scientific Name: Mustela putorius furo

Habitat: human habitations

Diet: high protein manufactured ferret food

Life span: 6-10 years in captivity

Young: up to 15 kits/litter

Size: 33 to 41 cm (12.99 to 15.98 in)

Scientists believe that ferrets may have been domesticated from native European polecats (Mustela putorius). The native habitat of the polecat includes forested and semi-forested areas near water sources. Polecats are carnivores and prey on rodents and rabbits.

Domestic ferrets have no restrictions on their range and live throughout the world. Domestic ferrets often sleep 18-20 hours per day and are more active at dawn and dusk.

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Ferret on Animal Diversity Web


Range: world-wide

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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