Black-footed Ferret

Black footed ferretBlack-footed Ferrets (Mustela nigripes) are the only kind of ferret endemic to North America. Black-footed Ferrets have long necks, with black spots on their face and feet and tail. A typical Black-footed Ferret weighs from 0.9 kg to 1.36 kg and are about 45 centimeters in length, with a 15 centimeter tail.

The Black-footed Ferret spends almost all its time under the ground. At night, they hunt prairie dogs but here is the fascinating part. This is one of those very rare cases where a predator-prey could suddenly switch places. Prairie dogs could attack as a pack and target a ferret.

The Black-footed Ferret was almost considered as extinct way back in the mid 80s, but fortunately, they were reintroduced from captured systems. A great deal of what we know now about these ferrets come from researches done (1964-74) on a group at South Dakota.

Canine distemper has been discovered in ferrets, and ferrets kept as a pet need to be vaccinated for ti.

Interesting fact: As of today, the total population of black-footed ferrets in the wild is over 600 individuals in the United States. The IUCN still classifies them as extinct in the wild, but this is due to the last update to the assessment having been in 1996 when the species was indeed only surviving in captivity.

Keywords: black , tail , nocturnal

The Black-footed ferret is listed as Extinct in the Wild (EW), known only to survive in cultivation, in captivity or as a naturalized population (or populations) well outside the past range, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the blackfooted ferret
A young / baby of a blackfooted ferret is called a 'kit'. The females are called 'jill' and males 'hob '. A blackfooted ferret group is called a 'business'.
Countries
Canada and United States
Some facts about the
Black-footed ferret

Adult weight : 1.021 kg (2.2462 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 9 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 43 days

Litter size : 3

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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