American pine marten

Females can postpone embryo development up to 200 days, and the pregnancy only lasts about 28 days

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Native to North America, American pine martens have slender bodies with short legs and sharp, curved claws to assist climbing. Their fur is shiny and long, with light brown on their back and a cream-colored patch on their chest. The coat on their head is grey, while limbs and tails are black or dark brown.

Although they are exceptional swimmers and climbers, they prefer to forage and hunt on the ground. However, they do spend most of their spare time on the trees. During the winter, they could dig tunnels under the snow and move around to forage. Generally, they feed on fish, frogs, insects, birds, seeds, nuts, fruits, and berries, yet they prefer squirrels above all.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Canada
2015
United States
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No