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First look at the lower jaw, there you will find two little holes. If these holes are next to each other it’s a beech marten. If they are wider apart then it’s a pine marten.
Another characteristic feature is the length of the snout. The snout of a beech marten is shorter (distance between eye and snout). And the snout of the beech marten is often bulkier than the snout of a pine marten. Generally the skull of the beech marten looks a lot stouter.
|The snout of the left one is stouter.|
Of course there are some beech martens with longer snouts and pine martens with holes in the lower jaw which are closely together. It isn’t always that easy to tell those two martens apart, but with the time you get your experience.
I have many beech marten skulls in my collection, all found by myself. But I never found a pine marten skull so my dear trusted taxidermist had to help me out :)
|Pine marten skull.|
|Look, this pine marten got an injury on its lower jaw. It’s healed so the marten got it long time ago when it was still alive.|