science education

Exploring Nature Science Education Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Fisher

Martes pennanti
Fisher

Range

Fisher are found only in North America.

Habitat

They live in mixed forests (forests that have both evergreens and leafy trees).

Body Traits

They are the largest member of the weasel family. They weigh up to 15 pounds. They have a long, thin body, brown fur, and frosted hairs on their head, neck, and shoulders. They have a long, bushy tail.

Habits

Fishers live alone mostly and are rarely seen by humans.

Diet

They are active day and night feeding mostly on small mammals, birds and some seeds, fruits. They are good climbers and can prey on squirrels high up in the trees. They are the one of the few animals that can prey on porcupines.

Predators

Their main predator is man.

Reproduction

Females are pregnant for almost a full year (gestation), and they have an average of three kits.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live up to 10 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - Least Concern.

Fisher

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Mustelinae
Genus: Martes
Species: Martes pennanti

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Fisher" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. November 25, 2017
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/333 >

Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar