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Fun Ferret Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun ferret facts for kids. Learn what they look like, what their name means, what they eat, how long they live and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about ferrets!
- Ferrets are small mammals in the same family as badgers, mink and stoats.
- They are domesticated animals that some people keep as pets.
- Ferrets can destroy native animal populations, and keeping them as pets is illegal in some parts of the world.
- Ferrets have long, thin bodies, reaching a length of around 50 cm (20 inches) including their tails.
- The name ferret comes from a latin word meaning “little thief”, as they are known for stealing small items.
- A male ferret is known as a hob, while a female ferret is known as a jill.
- Young ferrets are called kits.
- Female ferrets usually give birth to three to seven kits at a time.
- Ferrets live to around 8 or 9 years of age on average.
- Ferrets are carnivores, preferring meat from animals such as mice and rabbits when in the wild.
- Ferrets can release an unpleasant smell when surprised or scared, but it is less intense than that of a skunk.
- Ferrets spend most of the day sleeping (around 16 hours), but are very social and curious animals when active.
- When playing or excited, weasels may jump sideways frantically, this is known as the “weasel war dance”.
- Ferrets will hiss when scared.