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 Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus)




Olympic Marmot | Marmota olympus photo
Olympic Marmot

Photograph by US National Park Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

OLYMPIC MARMOT FACTS

Description
The Olympic Marmot is stocky with a wide head and large rounded claws for digging. The fur is a mix of brown and white hairs. In summer the hair turns a yellowish color. Olympic marmots are highly social and may live in groups of over a dozen animals. They hibernate in underground burrows for 3 to 9 months.

Size
Length: 46-53 cm; tail length 18-25 cm

Environment
Alpine meadows and slopes

Food
Olympic Marmots eat leaves, flowers and roots from a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses. They also eat fruit and sometimes insects.

Breeding
Four or five young are born in underground burrow lined with grass after a gestation period of about 30 - 32 days. The young are pink, naked and blind at birth.

Range
Olympic Peninsula in the western section of the state of Washington

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Marmota
Species:olympus
Common Name:Olympic Marmot