ALL ABOUT FERRETS! Fuzzy Friends By:Sierrra Hill What is a Ferret? A ferret is a small mammal that belongs to the weasel family. A ferret has a long slim body with short legs and a long tail. Where do Ferrets live? In the wild Ferrets normally live in rough grassland, scrubland, and on fringes of forests of western North America. Species of Ferrets The two species of Ferrets are the Domestic Ferret and the Black-Footed Ferret. What is a Ferret’s Diet ? In the wild a Ferret would eat prairie dogs , although they sometimes feed on mice, ground squirrels, snakes, and ground-nesting birds. In captivity a Ferret would eat food from a local pet store. Interesting Facts Roman’s used ferrets to hunt rabbits. Domestic ferrets are kept as pets or used for hunting rabbits and rats. It is believed that the domestic ferret was derived from the European polecat, Mustela putorius. American Ferret Association Color Standards Guard Undercoat Eyes Nose Hairs Albino White to Cream White to Cream Ruby Red Pink Black True Black White or slight Black or near Black, near black, or golden hue black speckled black Black Sable Dark ash White to cream Dark brown or Ash blackish brown blackish brown near black Champagne Tan white or cream Light to dark Beige burgundy Chocolate Milk chocolate White to golden brown pink brown Cinnamon Rich light golden Light or dark Brick colored reddish brown burgundy Dark-eyed White to cream White to cream Burgundy Pink only White Sable Warm deep white Brown or near Light brown brown black Stars that have ferrets Paris Hilton was seen carrying around a ferret Hilton said: “My animals make me really happy. I just love my pets. I have 11 dogs, three ferrets, two rabbits, two monkeys, and three cats.” Playtime Ferrets are social creatures who are intelligent, inquisitive and persevering. They are delightful companions who require several hours of supervised play time each day. Ferrets in Movies A ferret was shown in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Professor Moody transformed Draco Malfoy into one. Are Ferrets Illegal? In California ferrets are illegal. Info links www.ferret.org For ferret photos go to www.ferretguy.com Now you know about ferrets!
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