Black-footed ferrets are native to North America and differ from domestic ferrets, which originally came from Europe and are an entirely different species. There was once tens of thousands of black-footed ferrets in the wild, but this number has been greatly reduced as a result of habitat destruction and disease.
Black-footed ferrets used to live on black-tailed prairie dog colonies throughout the Great Plains and could be found in northern Mexico and as far north as Southern Canada. In 1986, black-footed ferrets were completely non-existent in the wild but have since been reintroduced in Mexico, eight American states and Canada. Black-footed ferrets are nocturnal and spend the majority of their time in underground prairie dog burrows, which is where they raise their young, eat and sleep.Learn More
The black-footed ferret is endangered because the main source of its diet, prairie dogs, is in decline due to habitat loss. A black-footed ferret colony needs at least 10,000 acres of prairie dog colonies in order to survive. As prairie is converted to farmland, the prairie dog population declines, which takes the ferret population with it.Full Answer >
Ferrets are obligate carnivores, meaning they can only eat meat and don't derive any nutritional value from plant material. For this reason, the proper feeding procedure for pet ferrets is widely debated among owners.Full Answer >
The domestic ferret is believed to be descended from the European polecat. Other polecats, such as the Steppe polecat, may have also contributed to the current domestic species. The domestic ferret is thought to have been domesticated as long ago as 63 B.C.Full Answer >
The most common type of wild skunk, the striped skunk, is native to North America and ranges all throughout the United States and into parts of Mexico and Canada. Skunks live in a wide array of habitats, including grasslands, brush, open prairies and woods.Full Answer >