The hebrew term tzav of Leviticus 11:29 is believed by some translators to be a reference to a ferret. Some scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the word should be viewed as a reference to either a toad or a tortoise. The text states that the above animal is to be regarded as non-kosher and unclean.
The Ferret is a wild member of the mustelid family.
Habitat: In various areas including the plains of North America where it presently faces extinction.