Message Number: YG2453 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-04-10 22:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Subject: Ferret Health Mailing list Digest # 120/ Mr
Edward Lipinski on Ferret Anatomy

Dr. Willard wrote:
>The second anatomical difference between ferrets and other carnivores, is the
>short large intestine or colon. Ferrets do have colons but an extremely
>short one. It is approximately 10 cm (3.94 inches) long.

Interesting. I have been trying to hold the top of my thumb (which
is about an inch long) near their abdomens and trying to figure out
if that means that they have the ascending colon, transverse colon,
descending colon, and sigmoid colon, as I had believed that they do
from earlier conversations with vets. Seems like it's possible, esp.
if the sigmoid is truncated at all. Do they?