Arctic Ferret for sale


Arctic Ferret for sale


Arctic Ferret for sale,black-footed ferrets are impeccably cute: cat-like whiskers sprouting from a white muzzle, plush round ears above eyes set into a bandit’s black mask and sturdy legs in black stockings, supporting a sinuous, sandy-colored body crowned by a black-tipped tail.

Their shape, coloring and behavior are all finely tuned for life in the grasslands. Their yellow-buff fur blends so seamlessly with the prairie landscape that they can be hard to spot while immobile, which protects them from predators like badgers, foxes and coyotes. They can slide into prairie dog burrows with their long, slinky bodies and use their sharp teeth, strong jaws and non-retractable claws to kill and devour the occupants. They then make comfortable shelters of these burrows, their long necks allowing them to check for above-ground threats before emerging.
Black-footed ferrets measure 28 to 50 centimetres, and their tails are between 11 and 15 centimetres long. Males weigh from 950 to 1,100 grams, while females weigh from 750 to 900 grams. The ferrets’ concave ears and large eyes give them an acute sense of hearing and sight, while their nose is specially developed to detect prairie dogs underground during their nocturnal hunts. Like all members of the mustelid family, black-footed ferrets have scent glands under their tales, which secrete a musk useful for marking territory.


Diet of Arctic Ferret for sale


Black-footed ferrets dine almost exclusively on prairie dogs, which they hunt by sneaking through the prairie dogs’ own burrows. Like many predators, black-footed ferrets kill their prey by biting the throat, causing suffocation. 
This meal of choice makes up over 90 per cent of their diet; a black-footed ferret family of four will consume about 763 prairie dogs per year. They may also occasionally eat ground squirrels, small rodents, cottontail rabbits,birds and occasionally reptiles and insects.


Black footed ferret habitat


Black footed ferrets once ranged throughout the North American Great Plains wherever prairie dog colonies thrived, from southern Canada to northern Mexico. 
Because they are nocturnal and spend up to 90 per cent of their time underground, close observation is often difficult for researchers. A team from Environment Canada that was monitoring burrowing owl nests happened to capture black-footed ferrets on their motion-activated night cameras soon after the ferrets’ reintroduction into the Canadian grasslands (see “Conservation”). The resulting photographs show typical black-footed ferret behavior: emerging cautiously from their burrows, scanning the landscape for threats and digging through snow to investigate the ground beneath.


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