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Caring For My Ferret

What is a Ferret?

A ferret is a mammal from the weasel family, from the genus Mustela. They are related to badgers, otters and mink and are not native to Australia. They can live as long as 12 years, (average or 6-7yrs). Females are called “jills”, males “hobs” and babies “kits”. Males are up to 10cm longer and up to 0.5kg heavier than females if they are not desexed. They are carnivores like dogs and cats and are playful and entertaining to watch. They have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and hearing.

Ferrets are banned as pets in Qld and the NT, and a license is required to keep ferrets in the ACT. They are not a common pet in Australia.

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