A ferret, the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo), is a small animal from the Mustelidae family. Several other Mustelids have the word "ferret" in their name, but they are not the same. A male ferret is called a hob, and a female ferret is called a jill. They live for about 7-10 years. Theyare very sociable creatures, so it's best to keep them in groups of two or more.
Characteristics[change | edit source]
It looks like a wease or a rat, with a long thin body. Ferrets can have a lot of different colours and markings on their fur. A lot of ferrets in one place will sometimes have a strange scent. This is because of natural oils produced by the ferrets.
Ferrets and humans[change | edit source]
Domesticated ferrets are used for hunting, or can be kept as pets. Hunting with ferrets is called ferreting. Because of their thin body, they can go down into holes and hunt rodents and rabbits. Ferrets have been kept as pets from as far back as the Middle Ages.
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