Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
The name of the animal in science
|Mustela Putorius Furo|
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|40cm - 50cm (18in - 21in)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|0.7kg - 2kg (1.5lbs - 4lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|7 - 10 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Black, Tan, Grey|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Forest and grasslands|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Mice, Rabbit, Gophers|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Owls, Foxes, Badgers|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Long thin body and large eyes|
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The ferret is thought to have been domesticated around 2,500 years ago, which is roughly the same time that a number of animals such as the donkey and goat were put to domestic use. The ferret is used to help farmers hunt out rabbits and the ferret does this by crawling into the rabbit burrows, with the ferret using its incredibly shaped flexible body to its advantage as a ferret is often small than many rabbits. The rabbit is scared out of the burrow by the invading ferret and uses one of the many burrow exits to get away from the ferret intruder.
Today the ferret is becoming an increasingly popular pet worldwide, due to the small size of the ferret and its quiet temperament. There are laws about ferret restrictions in a number of countries, to try and prevent the ferret from becoming a pest, as ferrets can be fairly destructive if released into the wild particularly if the ferret is not native to the country in question.
Most ferrets spend an average of 18 hours asleep every day and it has been noted that ferrets sleep for about six hours at a time before waking up to play and eat and the ferret will generally return it its next sleeping section after an hour or so. Ferrets have also been observed being most active at dusk and dawn when it is not fully light or dark.
Ferrets are renowned for playing their own version of hide and seek, which is particularly noticeable with those ferrets that are kept as pets. Although it is not certain exactly what the ferret will hide, owners have reported finding secret stashes of anything from toys to remote controls and keys, and even bags of onions and slices of pizza.
Ferrets are small carnivorous mammals and therefore a pet ferrets diet should mainly consist of meat. In the wild, ferrets will mainly hunt mice and small rabbits and sometimes, the ferret will be lucky enough to feed on a small bird.
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First Published: 9th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019
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