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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Marmota
Genus species:Marmota caligata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:62-82 cm
Weight:4-9 kg
Identification:The fur of the hoary marmot is gray mottled with black and white. It has dark leg extremities and a white mantle across its back.
Habitat:Alpine tundra above the timberline
Diet:Herbivore: alpine plants
Reproduction:The mating system (monogamous, bigamous, etc.) for hoary marmots varies by a population's location. They breed in April-May after coming out of hibernating. After a gestation period of one month, 4-5 young are born. Females breed every other year. Life expectancy is five years.
Hoary marmots live in colonial groups (exact members vary by location).
Behavior:Marmots live in a series of burrows, with the reproductive female in one burrow, the male and other females in a second burrow, and juveniles in a third burrow. Hibernation occurs from September to April.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of the hoary marmot are the black bear, grizzly bear, wolves, and eagles. This is the heaviest marmot species.

Other Information

Geographic:Northwestern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
Hoary marmot
Marmots
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata