Classification of the Black Footed Ferret

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Abstract In this article we are going to discuss the ferret. We are going to explore the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Family, Genus, and Species in which the ferret belongs. We are going to also discuss what research studies have found out about the ferret; the scientific method used to classify the ferret, what were there findings, and attached you will find 3 articles about the ferret as well. I will be explaining the organism (ferret) and why I have chosen it for this study. The black footed ferret is of the Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Family: Mustelidae, Genus: Mustela and Species: Mustela Nigripes. The ferret is a member of the Mustelidae or weasel family. They are the only ferret native to North America. They are about 2 feet in length and weigh about 2 to 3 pounds. The black footed ferret has a long body and yellowish-brown fur with a blackish wash on its back. They have black-tipped tails with black feet and long claws. It has a black mask around its eyes, large rounded ears and a triangular shaped head, with a white muzzle, forehead, and throat with a black nose. Mustelidae refers to a family of fur-bearing carnivores, characteristically possessing well-developed anal scent glands, and the animals in this group are called Mustelids. The black footed ferret is listed in the Genus Mustela. It is a big group, with 16 species listed under that umbrella. The ferret once found throughout the eastern and southern Rockies and Great Plains is now only found in in Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico. The black footed ferret can be found in medium tall grass prairies. It will often make their homes in abandoned prairie dog burrows. The life cycle of a black footed ferret is they mate in March and April. The female will have a litter of 3 to 5 kits 41 days after mating in a

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