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Alpine Marmot

(engl: Alpine Marmot)

From under the ground!

These social animals live in colonies. They are diurnal creatures and spend most of their time in their underground burrows. These wide network of tunnels serve as protection against enemies. In case of danger, the observant animals release a warning whistle, and the entire colony disappears immediately into their underground burrow.

They don’t like the cold

The hibernators retire to their frost-resistant earthworks in autumn and close the entrances to their burrows from the inside. During their four to five months of hibernation, the animals live exclusively on their fat reserves. Their body temperature then drops to about 5°C.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpenmurmeltier
Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpenmurmeltier
Wissenschaftl. Name Marmota marmota
Ordnung Rodents
Familie Sciuridae
Größe bis 50 cm
Gewicht ♂ bis 5,5 kg, ♀ bis 5 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit 33 Tage, 1-7 Jungtiere
Verbreitung Mat region of the Alps at an altitude of 800-32002300 m
Lebensraum rock region
Nahrung Grasses, Herbs
Bestand not endangered