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Mammal

American marten

Martes americana

The American marten is cousin to the ferret!
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Small round head
Longue queue touffue
Short legs
Elongated body
Small rounded ears
Cartes de faits
Threats
A prized coat
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Threats
I am often hunted for my fur and am sometimes called the canadian sable. But that would be a mistake as the sable is the name of my Russian cousin. It seems that in the family, it is she who has the silkiest fur.
Physical capacities
A fast and very agile animal
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Physical capacities
I'm very curious, agile and I climb trees effortlessly with my semi-retractable claws. During the winter season, my rather wide paws allow me to move easily in the snow. I can even hunt under the snow using the tunnels dug by the red squirrel.
Reproduction
A solitary soul
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Reproduction
Indeed I am a solitary animal, except during the rutting season and when raising my young.
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The importance of predators in the food chain

Despite their bad reputation, predators are extremely important links in the food chain. The American marten, despite its small stature, is a formidable predator.

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