Pet Education Ferrets
Pet Education Ferrets Pet Education Ferrets Pet Education Ferrets
Free Shipping on orders over $49
Normal Values & Characteristics
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
Anatomy, Basic Science and Normal Values
Print Article | Email Article
Bookmark and Share
Click here for a pdf version of this article.  See related products at DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Supplies

The following tables provide information on the life span, weight, reproduction, and normal physiologic values of ferrets. Most of the values are given in ranges, and depending upon the source, you may find somewhat different ranges provided elsewhere.

Physiologic Values

Normal Temperature ( F) Normal Heart Rate
(beats per minute)
Normal Respiratory Rate
(breaths per minute)
Recommended Environmental Temperature  ( F) Life Expectancy Average Weight (grams*)
 F=female  
M=male

 100-104
 

 200-350
 

 30-40
 

 50-75; never over 90 
 

 5-11 years
 

 F: 600-1,000;
M: 1,000-2,000
 
* There are 453 gms (grams) in a pound. A kilogram (kg) is 1000 gms.

 
 

Reproductive Values

Puberty (months) Length of Pregnancy (days) Litter Size Weaning Age

 4-8 months
 

 41-42
 

 1-18;
usually 8-10
 

 6-8 weeks
 
Click here for a pdf version of this article.  See related products at DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Supplies  
Print Article | Email Article