Interesting Facts About Ferrets You May Not Know
Ferrets are fascinating creatures. They are a one-of-a-kind pet that are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to anyone who has the privilege to watch them in action. They also have some unique characteristics.
- Ferrets have flexible rib cages, allowing them to flatten out their bodies and squeeze through small spaces.
- In recent times, ferrets have been used to carry cables through small tunnels and pipes.
- It is estimated that there are 5-7 million ferrets in the U.S.
- Male ferrets are called Hobs and female ferrets are called Jills.
- Neutered male ferrets are called Gibs
- Vasectomised males are Hoblets
- Spayed females are “Sprites”
- Jills are usually neutered when they are about 6 months old to avoid a life-threatening infection that frequently occurs if they are not bread when in season
- Hobs are usually neutered to reduce odor.
- A ferret’s heart rate is 180 – 250 bpm, with 225 being average.
- A ferret’s respiration is 33-36 per minute.
- A ferret’s normal temperature is between 100 – 104, with 101.9 being average.
- Ferrets have 14 or 15 pairs of ribs.
- A ferret’s left lung has 2 lobes, while the right has 4.
- Ferrets lack a cecum to digest/ process fruits and vegetables.
- A kit has 30 baby teeth, while an adult has 34.
- The gestation period for ferrets is 40-44 days.
- Newborn kits weigh approximately 1 oz. and reach 1.5 – 4 pounds when adults.
- The average litter is 6-8 kits.
- A small ferret club in Maryland became The American Ferret Association in 1991–a national organization.
- The American Ferret Association holds a number of championship ferret shows across the U.S. every year.
- April 2nd is National Ferret Day in the U.S.
- May 5th is National Ferret Day in the U.K.
- It is illegal in some states to have a pet ferret, such as California and Hawaii
- There are restrictions to having a ferret as a pet in some states and countries, such as Washington D.C., New York, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand.
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