Wild marten and rock marten

Once in the henhouse, they are dangerous for the chickens because no one can escape.

In the wild, they destroy nests of pheasants, parakeets, ducks, etc.

The marten is a nimble climber. They can jump up to four meters above the treetops. They can easily run up into the treetops and back down to the ground in seconds. They can also take advantage of the supple sway of the branches. They can also chase squirrels, and in some areas squirrels make up the majority of their diet.
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Rests in tree cavities or in the crevices of bird or squirrel nests. They are active day and night. And they orient themselves by scent. It tries to pull birds out of their nests and can even find hidden rodents.

They do not sleep in winter. They have hair on their feet to protect them from the cold. This allows them to run fast in the snow.

Rebels are marked by secretions from their anal glands. The latter grows in size depending on the abundance of prey: 5 to 23 sq. km.

About the size of a house cat. However, it is slimmer and has thick, smooth brown fur. Its bushy tail and paws are almost blackish brown.

Earlobes are large and have light-colored edging. The nose is black. The throat has a creamy yellow spot called a bib and two spines on the outside of the rear molars.

Including the tail, they are usually 80 cm long and weigh 100-140 dkg.


Breeding season is from July to August. Males struggle, snort, and shoo-shoo. They also have a bark-like call.

Gestation period is 9 months. Six of these months are called the fetal incubation period, a period during which the fetus stops developing for a period of time. Nature itself ensures that the offspring are born within the favorable months of the year: from April to May, three to five offspring are born, blind for six weeks, weighing about 30 grams. Mothers breastfeed for two months. Mothers take good care of them. They keep the hatchlings warm and protect them from all enemies. When in danger, she carries them to a safer place.

At the age of two, they reach sexual and physical maturity.
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Rock Ten

Because of their short stature and heavy weight, they are not able to move quickly through the trees. On the ground, however, they are fast, tracking barn mice, burrowing into stone walls and crevices in the roofs of churches and dwellings, and making a tremendous noise. They like to “haunt” attics and roll around. They also climb the vertical walls of houses. Because they are active at night, few people realize that they are also found in urban centers.


Squirrels, mice, small rodents, birds as large as grouse, berries, fruit, and baby birds. They can also eat insects. However, they mainly eat squirrels and small birds. They also eat animals up to the size of chickens and rabbits. They also eat rainbows.

Males are larger than females. The tail is about 30 cm long, and together with the body it is about 80 cm long. The color of the tail changes in spring and fall. In summer, the hairs are shorter, less dense, and dark brown. In winter, the coat changes color, with an irregular white fringe. Hair also grows on the paws. Paws hairless. During the day, they spend their time curled up in burrows lined with feathers, remnants of cloth, hay, etc.

Let us act so that both species of marten can remain agile, bold, smart, beautiful, brave, and part of our nature.