The stone marten (or beach marten, Martes foina) has a brown coat with a white throat patch that forked extends to the upper leg. He is an average of 3, maximum 10 years in the wild (up to 18 years in captivity). The body is 40-48 cm long with a (plume) tail of 26 cm. On average, he is 12 centimeters tall and weighs 1.3 to 2.5 kilograms.

steenmarterExcept in quarries and rocks he often lives near humans (typical culture follower), in homes, in the attic or in a cavity wall, stables and barns. Sometimes he digs a hole in the ground. Stone martens have multiple day resting places, and live especially at night. They then walk up to 8 km. In their territory (in towns about 40 hectares, out to 200 ha.) they do not tolerate conspecifics.

The stone marten leaves his droppings in a latrine (always the same spot, not far from its burrow, or nest).

Difference stone and pine marten:
Stone marten: white, forked bands, white undercoat, smaller, low-set ears
Pine marten: yellow- orange bands, gray- brown undercoat, longer, wider ears

They can cause nuisance by odors from their latrines or carcasses, noise (frolicking kids) and e.g. gnawing damage to insulation, also wiring in cars. Research has overtaken that it comes to cable insulation in which bone is processed.

Mating takes place in the summer, after fertilization, a germ dormancy takes place, after a final gestation period of 9 months are 2-5 pups born (one litter per year).

Especially mice and rats are on the menu, but also eggs, amphibians, reptiles, birds, moles and insects. With scarcity also berries and other fruits.

Stone martens are often labeled as real chicken killers. Research shows that they often steal eggs, but stay away from the chickens. Polecat or mink however don’t. The stone marten benefits of their havoc. Chicken is rarely if ever found in gastrointestinal research.

The latrine shows typical sweet -smelling droppings that just seem woven fibers or hairs.
He makes scratch marks on wood and stone walls.
He can rush eggs and chicken on roofs and over fences.

Canine distance 10-13 mm.
Cut feathers of prey you find not on the ground, but at higher positions.
Often, large areas remain chewed behind. Unlike fox, he don’t eats wings, shoulder girdle, etc..
Marten and cats leave nail marks on bones, foxes never.

When nuisance you can chase them (with the kits) (with noise), and then close all the loopholes and eliminate accessibility. (Because they come back.) Think of branches and climbing racks against the wall, trees (provide a collar).

Electric fence and odors such as ammonia, dish with bleach or toilet block with strong lemon scent can help.

Car cabling you can provide with a cable sheath.