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The black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) is a member of the Mustelidae family. This family also includes weasels, mink, polecats, martens, otters, and badgers. The black-footed ferret is the only ferret native to North America. It has a black mask around its eyes and is sometimes called the prairie bandit. Black-footed ferrets have large ears and eyes, a long slender body, with black legs and feet. They also have large front paws and claws well developed for digging. Black-footed ferrets are about 18 inches long, have a 5 inches long tail, and weigh 2 lbs. Unfortunately, the black-footed ferret is an endangered mammal.


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