These are Completely reasonable questions to ask from a person who has no knowledge about ferrets.
If ferrets do have spines, how is it possible that they are so bendy? A ferret can be twisted, and even folded!, considering other animals it is quite unusual.
This post will mostly focus on ferrets and their spine.
So do ferrets have spines? To give a short answer, YES ferrets do have spines and unlike humans their spine is very bendy and extremely flexible.
One of the major reasons being that ferrets have adapted, ferrets run into very narrow tunnels to find its prey for hunting, this on the other hand needs instant change of direction of the running, so a bendy spine will definitely help.
Does Bendiness Break its bone?
Its a very common myth that having a flexible spine like a ferret’s can make them unable to break, which is something false and should be avoided from harming the animal.
Every animal with a bone can be broken, and ferrets are not an exemption.
Comparatively wild ferrets do break their bone quite often due to the excess physical movement.
If you suspect that your pet ferret has broken a bone, I highly recommend you take them to a vet immediately to that he can get checked out. With proper care, your ferret will most likely recover.
In case you doubt that the ferrets have a broken bone, it is highly advised to meet a doctor immediately.
An In-depth look of the ferret skeletal system
The skeletal system of ferrets is made up roughly 200 bones, comparing with other mammals it is the same as in humans as well.
The axial skeleton is made up of the vertebrae, skull, ribs, and sternum. The appendicular skeleton is made up of the bones of the front arms, rear legs, shoulders, and pelvis.
Chordoma, as the name suggests it is not something very pleasant. Chordomas are very common in ferrets, it is a malignant cancer that commonly occurs at the tip of the tail, it resemble an enlargement at the tip of the tail, unfortunately it can occur in any region of the spinal column.
Amputation can be done to the tip of the tail with Chordomas, this does the job but under some unique cases where the enlargement grows somewhere else in the vertebrae it can cause fatality in the poor animal or else might require euthanasia.
There is other cancerous forms such as Osteomas and Osteosarcomas that occur in the skeletal system and are occasionally seen in ferrets.
Mostly ferrets do hurt themselves by jumping off high places, if they do land on their front arm they might end up dislocating their bone.
An elbow dislocation can cause serious pain not only for humans but for animals as well. Procedures such as elbow popping can fix this problem by placing the elbow back into place while the ferrets may be under anesthesia or else the hard way of surgery may still be an option available.
The bones in the ferret’s paws, arms and legs are very thin and light; therefore, accidental trauma induces fracture. Most of this fracture can be repaired with the help of surgery or a splint, but some severe cases might require amputation of the limb.
The skeletal system has some unique features that make it advantageous for the ferret to have a long body while long and flexible column reduces the chances of disk injuries, but on the other hand, risk of Chordomas still remains.
FAQ: People also frequently ask-
Are ferrets very flexible?
YES ferrets do have spines and unlike humans their spine is very bendy and extremely flexible, all because of their unique spine structure
How are ferrets so bendy?
The ferret spine is very flexible unlike ours and they can be twisted, and even folded, they are that bendy! all because of their unique spine structure