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Pine Martens are in the mustelid or weasel-like mammal family. Martens are related to mink, otters, badgers, wolverines, weasels, and skunks. Martens are very agile and can climb high up in the tree tops. A very agile predator, it can climb trees easily, grasping the trunk firmly, digging in its claws and bounding upwards with jerky movements. The marten is one of the few predators agile enough to catch a squirrel. If it falls, its supple body twists to land safely on all four feet. They are slender with a pointed face and a bushy tail. Their tail helps them balance in the trees. Male martens are larger than females. They only weigh between 1-3 pounds. They have small rounded ears and sharp teeth for eating meat. These small mammals have silky fur ranging from pale yellow to dark brown in color and a breast spot that can vary in color. Martens eat mice, chipmunks, red squirrels, and insects. During summer, they also eat berries and nuts. During winter when there is deep snow, martens hunt under the snow in tunnels for mice and other things. Pine martens are active throughout the winter. Those that normally live high in the hills move to lower ground during the colder months. The soles of their feet are covered in thick fur which probably helps them to move across snow-covered ground. The pine marten is mainly nocturnal, hunting through the night and especially at dusk. Martens, however, obtain most of their food on the ground, and they hunt for small mammals, birds, insects, berries, birds' eggs and carrion. Marten are solitary mammals, avoiding their own kind except during mating season. Spend the majority of their lives in and around mature spruce - fir coniferous forest, or a mixed hardwood and coniferous forest.Notice when ordered the fine art america watermark in the bottom left hand corner will not be on the Photography.
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