Ferret

Area:  North Africa
Habitat:  Domesticated

Food:  Dry Ferret food

Size:    Weighs 2.5 lbs

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Ferrets are playful and they are very entertaining to watch. They are also smart and very curious, and thus require training and lots of interaction with people to bond with them.

Ferrets live about six to eight years on average, though sometimes up to 11 or 12. They tend to sleep a large part of the day, usually around 18 hours, and are active at dawn and dusk. However, they usually adapt their sleeping and active times to the fit the schedules of their owners.

Males tend to be larger than females in length and weight. Females are 13-14 inches long and weigh anywhere from 0.75 to 2.5 lbs, whereas males are on average 15-16 inches long and weigh 2-3.5 lbs if neutered and are even larger (4 or more lbs) if not neutered.

Ferrets are carnivorous mammals in the weasel family, along with otters, badgers, weasels, milks and wolverines.

Females ferrets are called jills, and males are hobs.

Baby ferrets are called kits. In North America, spayed females are sometimes called sprites and neutered males called gibs. A group of ferrets is a "business of ferrets." Most ferrets obtained in North America are spayed or neutered and descented at a very young age before being sold.

There are often misconceptions and debate about whether ferrets are domesticated, and the short answer is they are. They have been domesticated for probably 2000 years or more, and were brought to America as pets as long as 300 years ago. The domestic ferret is sometimes also confused with its wild cousin, the black footed ferret.

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