• rapidly
  • As with skunks , ferrets can release their anal gland secretions when startled or scared, but the smell is much less potent and dissipates rapidly. (wikipedia.org)
  • foods
  • Before much was known about ferret physiology, many breeders and pet stores recommended food like fruit in the ferret diet, but it is now known that such foods are inappropriate, and may in fact have negative ramifications on ferret health. (wikipedia.org)
  • This can make introducing new foods to an older ferret a challenge, and even simply changing brands of kibble may meet with resistance from a ferret that has never eaten the food as a kit. (wikipedia.org)
  • family
  • The ferret ( Mustela putorius furo ) is the domesticated form of the European polecat , a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel , Mustela of the family Mustelidae . (wikipedia.org)
  • Gary Walker, whose family has a cattle ranch near in southern Colorado near Pueblo has expressed willingness to volunteer for the safe-harbor program if he can keep operating the way he wants, partly because ferrets could help control the prairie dogs on his land. (durangoherald.com)
  • small
  • Popular because of their small size, their playfulness, and their friendly disposition, ferrets can be great companions. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • Never leave a ferret and a small child alone together. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • The name "ferret" is derived from the Latin furittus , meaning "little thief", a likely reference to the common ferret penchant for secreting away small items. (wikipedia.org)
  • Yet he said prairie dogs are needed only on a small percentage of potential habitat in order to keep 3,000 adult black-footed ferrets alive. (durangoherald.com)
  • Ferrets have four types of teeth (the number includes maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth) with a dental formula of 3/3 1/1 4/4 1/2: Twelve small teeth (only a couple of millimeters) located between the canines in the front of the mouth. (wikipedia.org)
  • near
  • Like many other mustelids, ferrets have scent glands near their anus, the secretions from which are used in scent marking . (wikipedia.org)
  • hours
  • Ferrets spend 14-18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk, meaning they are crepuscular . (wikipedia.org)