The black footed ferret is also known as the American polecat or prairie dog hunter. It is a member of the weasel family and the only ferret native to North America. Its home is in the North American short grass and mixed grass prairie. The black footed ferret has a tan body with black legs and feet, a black tip on the tail, and a black mask. It has short legs with large front paws and claws that are developed for digging.
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Black-footed ferrets are mostly solitary and pet ferrets can live together in groups. The only time you will see more than one black-footed ferret is during breeding season or litter rearing. Otherwise black-footed ferrets are very territorial and work hard to keep other black-footed ferrets out of their territory. Pet ferrets can be socialized with each other and live together. Just make sure the bed is big enough. Black-footed ferrets are mostly nocturnal while pet ferrets can adjust to any schedule. Occasionally you will see a black-footed ferret in the daytime but they are mostly nocturnal.
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Ferret , also called fitchet , either of two species of carnivores , the common ferret and the black-footed ferret, belonging to the weasel family Mustelidae. The common ferret Mustela putorius furo is a domesticated form of the European polecat , which it resembles in size and habits and with which it interbreeds. The common ferret differs in having yellowish white sometimes brown fur and pinkish red eyes. The common ferret is also slightly smaller than the polecat, averaging 51 cm 20 inches in length, including the cm tail.
Black-footed ferrets are easily recognized by their distinctive masked faces and resemblance to pet ferrets. Native to North America, the black-footed ferret is a rare example of an animal that went extinct in the wild , but survived in captivity and was ultimately released again. Black-footed ferrets resemble domestic ferrets as well as wild polecats and weasels.