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Stone Marten

Why are stone martens killed on roads?

Stone-martens are mainly night-active and move, in contrast to the pine-marten, preferably on the ground. Stone-martens are known to like to climb into the engine compartments of cars and damage cables or hoses there. Therefore, and because they also like to spend the night in attics or barns, stone martens are often found near roads.

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The stone marten is considered typical synanthropic species. So they occur in villages and big cities and therefore often stay close to roads. Stone and pine martens are usually difficult to distinguish from each other, especially if you can only see the animal from the vehicle for a short time.

How to identify a roadkilled stone marten?

Differences pine marten vs. stone marten:

  • Nose is flesh-colored. The nose of the pine marten is dark.
  • Throat-patch is white and the bottom deeply forked. Pine martens have a yellow to yellow-red throat patch and the bottom is rounded (no secure identification feature).
  • Stone marten: bales are visible. Pine marten: underside of the paws are hairy (bales covered). 
  • The stone marten is considered typical synanthropic therefore occurs in villages and big cities.
  • The pine marten is considered to avoid humans and therefore prefers large closed forests.


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