The members of the Mustelidae Family live in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and some have even been found in Australia. On the other hand, ferrets only live in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. The European ferret lives throughout Europe, in northern and western Asia, and in northern Africa; the Black-Footed ferret lives in North America. It's relative the Steppe polecat lives in central Asia, while the Marbled polecat is found in southern Europe and western China. Ferrets are found in topographical regions such as plains, forests, mountains, farms, deserts, tundra, grasslands, and other bushy areas, but you can often find them anywhere that their prey lives. And if you would like to consider the Domestic ferret, it can be found in homes throughout the world, ocassionally even in places where it is illegal to have them as pets.