Endemic to the Western Ghats, the Nilgiri Marten (Martes gwatkinsii) is a slender, agile carnivore with large paws and partially retractable claws. It is usually about 60 cm long from head to vent and has a tail that is about 40 cm long. It weighs about two kilograms.
Nilgiri Marten, which is the only species of marten found in Southern India.
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Nilgiri Marten, which is the only species of marten found in Southern India. Nilgiri Martens can be found in the hills of Nilgiris and parts of the Western Ghats in southern India. feeds on birds, small mammals, and insects, such as cicadas.
They are active during the day and are mainly arboreal, although they do descend to the ground occasionally.
Conservation status : Vulnerable
Tamil – Maranai
Malayalam – Marapatti, Karumvernku and Koduvalli.