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Ferret (Black-footed)
Mustela nigripes

Class  

Mammals

Ferret (Black-footed)

Range  

Thought to be extinct in the wild, they were reintroduced in Arizona, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and Mexico.

Habitat  

They live on the prairie grassland.

Body Traits  

Including their tail, they can reach almost 2 feet long (56cm). They are long and thin with short legs and a yellowish coat with black feet and tail tip. They have a black mask around their eyes. They have sharp claws for digging.

Habits  

They are active at night (nocturnal) hunting prairie dogs in their burrows and spend the day resting in the prairie dog burrows. They live alone except to mate.

Diet  

They eat mostly prairie dogs, but also mice, voles and other small mammals.

Predators  

They are killed by hawks, coyotes and man.

Reproduction  

Females are pregnant for 6 weeks (gestation) when she has 3-6 kits. She cares for them through the summer. In the fall they go out on their own.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status  

They can live for about 12 years in the wild. They are the most endangered mammal in North Ameica.


Ferret (Black-footed)

Classification  

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Mustelinae
Genus: Mustela
Species: Mustela nigripes

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