Facts About Ferrets


  • Ferrets have no inherent fear of humans.
  • A newborn ferret is so small that it can fit into a teaspoon.
  • An unspayed female ferret is called a jill while a spayed female is a sprite. An intact male is a hob and a neutered male is called a gib. Baby ferrets are called kits.
  • Their average lifespan is between 5-9 years however some live for 10 years and longer.
  • Ferrets are great at hiding themselves and hiding things.
  • You can teach your ferret to blow his nose into a cloth handkerchief.
  • Ferrets like to crawl into small dark spaces to sleep.
  • Ferrets can sleep so soundly that they cannot be woken up even when picked up and jostled.
  • A small ferret may be able to squeeze through a hole just over an inch in diameter.
  • All ferret kits have white fur at birth.

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