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submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Marten Skull

Marten Skull
Copyright (2003) Kythera Museum Of Natural History


This weasel-like mammal is a pain for farmers, as it preys on chickens and rabbits in the night. Years ago farmers laid traps for the marten, not only to keep it away from the chickens, but also for its much prized fur. These days, marten traps are rare, and these beautiful animals are too frequently seen as road-kill.

Skull of marten, 8 cm. Fratsia 1992. Photograph © Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

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