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Scientific name:  Mustela putorius furo
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  All
Habitat:  Domestic
Diet:  Carnivorous
Weight:  0.4 - 2 kg
Size:  30 - 60 cm

The ferret is a domestic animal, its wild cousin is the skunk.

This animal does not exist in the wild but has been domesticated for at least 2400 years in Europe to hunt rodents. Used in particular on boats, it then conquered the rest of the world. Very sociable, he likes the company of other ferrets but also of cats or dogs. He sleeps between 12 and 18 hours a day and his sleep is very deep. The ferret is a strict carnivore who prefers to have several small meals during the day and must therefore have food available at all times. The female gives birth to an average of 7 ferrets after 1.5 months of gestation. They are weaned between 3 and 6 weeks, mature at 6 months and live between 6 and 10 years.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The offspring of a horse and a donkey is called a Bardot or a Bardine and the offspring of a donkey and a mare is called a Mulet or a Mule.