TITLE

Marten

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Marten, a tree-climbing mammal of North America, Europe, and Asia. Martens are 24 to 40 inches (60 cm to 1 m) long, including a bushy 8- to 15-inch (20- to 38-cm) tail. The marten is a slender animal with short legs. The fur, brownish in color, is dense and silky and is highly prized for coats and wraps. The toes have long, sharp claws and, in some species, are covered with dense, stiff hair. The marten hunts at night for small rodents and birds. It also feeds on eggs, berries, nuts, and carrion. A litter of one to four young is born in April in a den.
ACCESSION #
37309695

 

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