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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Martes
Genus species:Martes americana

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:30-45 cm
Weight:.5-1.5 kg
Identification:The American marten has a long, slender body and a pointed face. Its tail is bushy, and the body is dark brown in color.
Habitat:Forests, woodlands
Diet:Carnivore: squirrels, insects, other small animals, fruits, nuts
Reproduction:Mating takes place in mid-summer and females gestate for 220-276 days. After establishing a den in a hollow tree, a female will give birth to 2-4 young in April. The babies are weaned at two months and reach adult weight a month later.
These animals remain solitary except during the breeding season.
Behavior:Martens are at home on the ground, in a tree, or even in the water.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The fisher, one of the eight marten species, has developed a way of defeating the porcupine, an animal with a perfect defense mechanism. It directs its attack to the porcupine's face, the area that is not protected.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:American marten
weasel
Martens
Martes
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals