Origin– Ferret origins are uncertain but it is most likely domesticated from the European polecats about 2,500 years ago. New Zealand has the worlds largest population of ferrets.

Family– Mustelidae.

Lifespan– 6-8 years.

Diet– Carnivores. They eat meat, fish and proteins. They are fed a special ferret pellet in captivity

Description– There are four basic colours, the sable, albino, dark eyed white and silver. All other colours of a ferret are variations of these four categories. Female ferrets are called jills, a spaded female is called a sprite. Male ferrets are called hobs and neutered males are called gibs. A group of ferrets is called a business of ferrets. There are strict regulations on ferrets around the world and in some countries it is illegal to keep them as pets.

Gestation– 60 days and they can have up to 8 babies known as kits.