Mammal > Marten > Pine marten
Pine martens are regarded as culture evaders and are therefore rarely road-killed. Pine martens prefer dense and extensive forests. Pine martens are usually difficult to distinguish from stone martens, especially if you can only see the animal from the vehicle for a short time.
How to identify a roadkilled pine marten?
Differences pine marten vs. stone marten:
- Nose is dark. The nose of the stone marten is flesh-colored.
- Throat-patch is yellow to yellow-red, and rounded on the bottom. Stone martens have a white throat patch and the bottom deeply forked (no secure identification feature).
- Pine marten: underside of the paws are hairy (bales covered). Stone marten: bales are visible.
- The pine marten is considered to avoid humans and therefore prefers large closed forests.
- The stone marten is considered typical synanthropic therefore occurs in villages and big cities.