Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53758

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Mustela
Genus species:Mustela nigripes

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38-45 cm
Weight:.9-1 kg
Identification:The black-footed ferret has a yellowish coat. Its facial mask, tail tip, and feet are dark.
Habitat:Prairies
Diet:Carnivore: prairie dogs
Reproduction:Females give birth to 3-5 young in June after a gestation period of 42-45 days.
Ferrets live solitary lives except during the breeding season.
Behavior:Black-footed ferrets are active at night.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:This species is extinct in the wild due to the decrease of prairie dog populations, their main food source, by poisoning, hunting, etc.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Black-footed ferret
weasel
Mustela
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals