Ferret - Mustela putorius subsp. furo

Alt Name
European Ferret and as Feral Ferret
Description

Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators with males being substantially larger than females. They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur. They have an average length of 20 inches including a 5 inch tail, and weigh about 1.5 to 4 pounds.

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Habitat

They are wanderers and move about in search of prey, they will typically be located where their prey is abundant, but may be out competed by larger predators.

When to see it

Unlikely to be seen during the daytime, they are carnivores and hunt prey such as rabbits around dawn and dusk.

Life History

They have a natural lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Ferrets are crepuscular, which means they spend 14 to18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk.

UK Status

Widespread records of feral animals throughout Britain, probably mostly domestic animals that have escaped into the wild. There is an established colony on the Shetland Isles where there is no competition from other predators.

VC55 Status

Occasional records in Leicestershire and Rutland, presumably from escaped domestic stock.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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