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Yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula)

The yellow-throated marten is an Asian species of marten. The species occurs in subtropical and tropical forests from the Himalayas to eastern Russia, south to the Malay Peninsula and Sunda Shelf (Borneo, Sumatra, and Java) to Taiwan. It is the largest marten in the Old World, with a tail more than half its body length. Males measure 500–719 mm in body length, while females measure 500–620 mm. It is an omnivore, whose sources of food range from fruit and nectarto small deer. The yellow-throated marten is a fearless animal with no natural predators, because of its powerful build, its bright coloration and unpleasant odor. It shows little fear of humans or dogs, and is easily tamed. It primarily hunts on the ground, but can climb trees proficiently, being capable of making jumps up to 8 to 9 meters in distance between branches. Nine subspecies are recognized.

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