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Martens Just Became More Lovable (in the UK)

The elusive marten can be found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the UK, the pine marten’s appetite for squirrels is garnering interest (see the “Squirrel War” article), so we thought we’d gather some data on this rarely seen predator.

Data on Martens

  1. Martens are about the same size as a domestic cat.

  2. They weigh between 1.0-2.2 kilograms (2.2-4.8 pounds).

  3. From nose to tip of tail, martens measure about 65 centimeters (23 inches).

  4. Female martens are generally lighter and smaller than males.

  5. The tails of the UK pine marten are around 20 centimeters (7.8 inches).

  6. Martens breed once a year, with usually two to five “kits” born in spring.

  7. Kits are born blind and hairless, and are wholly dependent on their mothers for about six weeks.

  8. In addition to eating squirrels, martens are omnivores that dine on nuts, seeds, rabbits, mice and birds.


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