AnAge entry for Mustela nigripes

Classification (HAGRID: 02648)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Mustelidae
                    Genus: Mustela
Species
Mustela nigripes
Common name
Black-footed ferret
Synonyms
Putorius nigripes

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
9.4 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

It has been reported that these animals may live up to 12 years [0542], which is possible but unverified. Record longevity in captivity belongs to one specimen that lived 9.4 years [0671]. Further studies are necessary.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
365 days
Male sexual maturity
365 days
Gestation
43 days
Weaning
Litter size
3 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
7.4 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
1,021 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
66%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 180557
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 77151
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