|Scientific Name||Martes martes|
|Alternate Name||Baum Marten, European Pine Marten, Sweet Marten|
|Asia, Europe||Forest, Shrubland, Artifical/Terrestrial|
|cm.||in.||450-580 mm.||17-23 in.|
|400-1800 g.||16-64 oz.||10-17 yr.||5.75 yr. (Generation)|
The pine marten (Martes martes) is a small, omnivorous mustelid native to the continental Eurasian area, from western Europe in the west to western Siberia in the east and from the northern edge of coniferous forest in the north to Asia Minor in the south. As an arboreal mammal, this creature is a skilled treetop hunter and adept climber with many physical adaptations that help it scale trees, such as a long tail, powerful forelimbs, and acrobatic abilities. Pine martens reside in forest habitats, including deciduous, mixed, and coniferous forests, with old-growth forests preferred over younger forests. As nocturnal creatures, these martens are mostly active during the night and at dusk. The pine marten is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.