American Marten (Martes americana)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Range
  3.   3.  Speech
  4.   4.  Uses
    1.   4.1  Fur
  5.   5.  More
  6.   6.  'Souls
Latin Name Martes americana
Common Name Marten, Pine Marten
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1.  Description

The American marten is a long, slender-bodied weasel about the size of a mink with relatively large rounded ears, short limbs, and a bushy tail. American marten have a roughly triangular head and sharp nose. Their long, silky fur ranges in color from pale yellowish buff to tawny brown to almost black. Their head is usually lighter than the rest of their body, while the tail and legs are darker. American marten usually have a characteristic throat and chest bib ranging in color from pale straw to vivid orange.

It differs from the Fisher in that it is smaller in size. The marten lives in mature coniferous or mixed forests. Compared to other carnivores, American marten population density is low for their body size. One review reports population densities ranging from 0.4 to 2.5 individuals/km2

2.  Range

Martens were not found in mainland Nova Scotia prior to the apocalypse, b ut they were found in Ashes and Ashes... prior to the 2008 fire, that is. Existing populations remain in the southernmost portions of Ashes and Ashes, and have moved into the forests of Sticks and Stones, especially the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.

3.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci in its natural state. However, this creature is listed as having the ability to comprehend high speech, and may be able to learn to speak broken high speech.

4.  Uses

4.1  Fur

The fur of the American marten is shiny and luxuriant, resembling that of the closely related sable. At the turn of the twentieth century, the American marten population was depleted due to the fur trade.

5.  More

6.  'Souls

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