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Mustela furo

Basic information
Scientific name Mustela furo (No picture)
Common names Ferret
Higher taxon Mustelidae, Carnivora, Mammalia
Natural range This species is a domesticated animal. The wild ancestral species Mustela putorius is distributed in wide area of Europe.
Habitat The ancestral wild species (Mustela putorius) occurs in forest, grassland, farm area, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Although there are some records in the fields, whether established or not is unknown. Almost pet ferrets in Japan may be birth controlled. Range in Japan
Origin Many ferrets are imported from USA.
Route Deliberate: Imported as pet animal.
Impact Potentially: predation on native small animals. In New Zealand, native birds are declined by predation.
Regulation in Japan Keeping of this species is legally regulated by Hokkaido local government.
Introduced range in other countries USA, New Zealand, etc.
Reference Notes
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki. (in Jpn)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha. (in Jpn)
  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The Invasive Alien Species Act (Accessed on 2012-9-04)
  • Wilson & Reeder (eds) (2005) Mammal Species of the World 3rd ed. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore (Accessed on 2012-9-04)
  • etc.