Black_Footed_Ferret - Appearance • Tan body, black legs...

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Black Footed Ferret ( Mustela nigripes) Introduction: (environment, location, life history, appearance, diet, what eats it) Environment Part of the weasel family Well adapted in its prairie environment with its color and markings that blend well into the grassland soil and plants Mostly lives underground Location One of the only native to north America once found on black-tailed prairie dog colonies across the great plains from southern canada to northern mexico Also on white-tailed and Gunnison’s prairie dog colonies across the intermountain west In 1986 gone from the wild Right now introduced in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Kansas and Chihuahua, Mexico Life History Traits Mating season March-April Gestation 41-43 days, kits born May-June Litter size is 3-4 kits average, ranges from 1-7 Nocturnal and hunts at night
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Unformatted text preview: Appearance • Tan body, black legs and feet, black tip on tail, and black mask • Short legs, with large front paws, and claws for digging • Large skull and strong jaw and teeth adapted for eating meat • Height- 6 inches, length- 18-24 inches with 5-6 inch tail, weight 1.5-2.5 pounds- males slightly heavier than females, lifespan- 3-4 years in wild and 7-9 in captivity Diet • 90% of diet is Staples Praire dogs—can eat more than 100 per year • Also eats ground squirrels, small rodents, rabbits and birds • uses its olfactory senses to detect prey What Eats it • coyotes, great-horned owls, golden eagles, prairie falcons, badgers, bobcats and foxes
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2010 for the course BIO 123 taught by Professor Hoffman during the Spring '10 term at Drexel.

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