[Mustela putorius furo]

  Habitat: Worldwide Domestication
  Average Length: 12-15”
  Average Weight: 1-4 lbs
  Average Lifespan: 6-10 years
  Gestation Period: 42 days
  Number of Young: 1-6 kits
  Conservation Status: Not Evaluated

 

 

 

-Just as dogs were domesticated from wolves, Ferrets were domesticated from the European Pole Cat.

-The original purpose for domestication was to hunt rodents, making their homes among medieval castles ferrets were typical pets of aristocrats and royalty.

-Groups of ferrets will often burrow or nest together to keep warm and will also groom each other to reinforce social bonds

-Ferret’s main source of energy comes from metabolizing proteins, with the lack of complex sugars in their diet they are not able to process sugars.

-By not consuming sugars, the energy level of a ferret is limited to 6 hours a day and sleeping the other 18.

 

 

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