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Animal's Behavior

Ferrets sleep up to 18 hours a day. They were historically used for hunting and today are popular pets.

Eating Habits

Ferrets are carnivores.

Conservation Efforts

Ferrets are regulated and restricted in many areas.

Animal Facts

  • Ferrets perform an unforgettable dance when excited and hiss when they are upset.
  • They like sleeping in an enclosed area.
  • Ferrets have been portrayed in art for centuries, including being featured in a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and a 15th century French tapestry.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Mustela putorius furo


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae

Place of Birth

Unknown, but mentioned in Greek documents dating to 450 BC


20 inches


Varied—fur can be black, brown, white or mixed


10 years

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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