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North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects
Fisher (Martes pennanti)
Fisher asleep at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, New York.
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The Fisher is brown or dark brown with black legs and tail. There is sometimes a cream patch on the chest. The feet have five toes with retractable claws. They are solitary animals and are active by day and night.
Fisher Cat, Black Cat, American Sable
Length: males 90cm - 120cm; females 75cm - 95cm. Tail length: males 37cm - 41cm; females 31cm - 36cm.Weight: males 3.5kg - 5kg; females 2kg - 2.5kg.
coniferous forests, deciduous forests, mixed forests. Prefer areas with tree hollow trees for their dens.
small-to-medium-sized rodents, rabbits, hares, squirrels, birds, and shrews. Also feed on some fruit and berries, and carrion. Fishers are one of the few animals able to kill Porcupines. They attack the face where there are no quills, and when the animal is weakened roll it over to get at the unprotected underside.
One to six young are born after a gestation period of 11-12 months (average litter is 3). The young are reared in a den - often in a tree hollow. The young are blind and nearly naked at birth, weighing about 40 grams. The eyes open after about 53 days and are weaned after 8 to 10 weeks.
North America, from the Sierra Nevada of California to the Appalachians of West Virginia and Virginia
Relatives in same Genus
American Marten (M. americana)