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The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is a domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela, in the family Mustelidae. Their fur is usually brown, black, white, or mixed. They have an average length of 51 cm (20 inches), including a 13 cm (5.1 in) tail, weigh about between 0.7 and 2.0 kg (1.5 to 4.4 lb), and have a natural lifespan for 7 to 10 years. Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators, with males being significantly larger than females.

The history of the ferret’s domestication is uncertain as that of most other domestic animals, but it is likely that they have been domesticated for at least 2,500 years. They are still used to hunt rabbits in some parts of the world but are increasingly kept only as pets.

Because they are so closely related to polecats, ferrets easily hybridize with them, and this occasionally leads to wild colonies of polecat–ferret hybrids that cause damage to local wildlife, especially in New Zealand. As a result, New Zealand and other parts of the world have imposed restrictions on the keeping of ferrets.

Ferrets have a typical mustelid body-shape, being long and thin. Their average length is about 50 cm (20 inches), including the 13 cm (5.1 inches) tail. Their pelage has different colorations including brown, black, white, or mixed. They weigh between 0.7 and 2.0 kg (1.5 to 4.4 Ib) and are sexually dimorphic, as males are substantially larger than females. The average gestation period is 42 days, and females can have two or three litters each year. The litter size is usually between three and seven kits which are weaned after three to six weeks and become independent every three months. They become sexually mature at about six months, and the average life span is 7-10 years. Ferrets are induced ovulators.

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Ferrets spend 14-18 hours a day falling asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk, crepuscular If they are caged, they should be taken out daily to exercise and satisfy their curiosity; they need at least an hour and a place to play. Unlike their ancestors, which are solitary animals, most ferrets will live happily in social groups. They are territorial, and they like to burrow, and prefer to sleep in an enclosed area.

Like many other mustelids, ferrets have aromatic glands near their anus, the secretions from which are used in scent marking.Ferrets can recognize individuals from these anal secretions, as well as from the sex of strangers. Ferrets can also use urine marking for gender and individual recognition.

As with skunks, ferrets can release their anal gland secretions when startled or scared, but the smell is much less strong and dissipates quickly. Most pet ferrets in the United States are sold descented (anal glands removed). In many other parts of the world, including the UK and other European countries, de-scenting is considered unnecessary mutilation.

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