AnAge entry for Mustela putorius

Classification (HAGRID: 02650)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Mustelidae
                    Genus: Mustela
Species
Mustela putorius
Common name
European polecat

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

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

In the wild, these animals live about 5-6 years [0434]. One captive specimen lived 11.1 years [0671]. Anecdotal reports that these animals live up to 14 years in captivity remain unconfirmed [0001].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
312 days
Male sexual maturity
322 days
Gestation
42 days
Weaning
63 days
Litter size
7.5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.5
Inter-litter interval
140 days
Weight at birth
9.5 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
809 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0328 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
81%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 621954
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9668
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