12 Facts About Beech marten


Beech marten, known as the stone marten, house marten or white breasted marten, is a species of marten native to much of Europe and Central Asia, though it has established a feral population in North America.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,617

Comparisons between fossil animals and their descendants indicate that the beech marten underwent a decrease in size beginning in the Wurm period.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,618

Skull of the beech marten suggests a higher adaptation than the pine marten toward hypercarnivory, as indicated by its smaller head, shorter snout and its narrower post-orbital constriction and lesser emphasis on cheek teeth.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,619

Beech marten is superficially similar to the pine marten, but has a somewhat longer tail, a more elongated and angular head and has shorter, more rounded and widely spaced ears.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,620

Beech marten's fur is coarser than the pine marten's, with elastic guard hairs and less dense underfur.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,621

Beech marten is mainly a crepuscular and nocturnal animal, though to a much lesser extent than the European polecat.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,622

Beech marten's diet includes a much higher quantity of plant food than that of the pine marten and sable.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,623

The beech marten has been known to kill European polecats on rare occasions.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,624

Beech marten is a widespread species which occurs throughout much of Europe and Central Asia.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,625

Beech marten is present in Wisconsin, particularly near the urban centres surrounding Milwaukee.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,626

Since the mid-1970s, the beech marten has been known to occasionally cause damage to cars.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,627

The second Beech marten was stuffed and put on display in the Rotterdam Natural History Museum.

FactSnippet No. 2,133,628