Ferret Facts

Typical Life Span: 5 – 8 years

Gestation: 42 days

Typical Litter Size:  8 (1- 18 possible range)

Hearing: Born deaf. Begin to hear at around 34 days.

Sight: Born with eyes closed. Eyes begin to open at around 34 days.

Weaning: 6 – 8 weeks

Teeth: Baby teeth erupt at 14 days. Adult teeth begin to appear at 47 days.

Color at Birth: All kits are born white, approximate adult color at 3 weeks of age.

Sexual Maturity: Reached at 5 to 6 months of age.

Breeding Season: December through August.

Normal Heart Rate: 200 – 250 Beats Per Minute

Body Temperature: Fahrenheit 100 – 103, Centigrade: 37.8 – 39.4

Respiration: 33-36/min

Weight (Female): 1.5 – 2.25lbs {.75 – 2.5lbs}

Weight (Male): 1.75 – 6 lbs {2 – 5 lbs}

Total Length: Female: 18 inches, Male: 24 inches (including tail)

Scientific Classification