Latin name Mustela putorius furo
Class Mammals
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
IUCN Status Domesticated
Habitat Domestic
Distribution Widespread

General Information

Ferrets are a member of the weasel family and are a domesticated species of the wild polecat. Traditionally ferrets were used to hunt rabbits but are now more commonly kept as pets. They are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk and can spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping. They are carnivores.

Lifespan: 8 years

Fun Fact

When they are excited ferrets do a kind of dance known as a ‘weasel war dance’ where they jump sideways and bump into things to entice others to play.

Keeper Notes

Our females, known as Jills are very playful and inquisitive; to keep them active we hide their food around their enclosure and change their furniture around regularly. They can often be seen all curled up asleep together during the day.