[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.