Black-Footed Ferret (Texas Native)
The endangered black-footed ferret is a member of the weasel family. It is the only ferret native to North America (domestic ferrets are a different species originally from Europe). The black-footed ferret has a diet that mostly consists of prairie dogs. They spend the majority of their time underground, where they eat, sleep, and raise their young. They are nocturnal, so they hunt for prairie dogs at night.
Height and Length:
6 inches high; 18-24 inches long (including a 5-6 inch tail)
1.5-2.5 lbs (males are slightly larger than the females)
3-4 years in the wild; 8-9 years in captivity