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Marmota olympus

Olympic Marmot

Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae

Image of Marmota olympus
Marmota olympus - upper left (with M. caligata (upper right) and M. flaviventris (lower right) )
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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Olympic Marmots are highly social, living in groups made up of an adult male, one or more adult females, two-year-olds, yearlings, and young. Their diet consists of grasses and sedges, with flowering plants in season. Coyotes, martens, and eagles prey upon Olympic Marmots. Their range is very restricted; they are found only on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, in alpine and subalpine meadows at elevations of 1,700-2,000 m.

Sexual Dimorphism:
Males are larger than females.

Length:
Range: 680-785 mm

Weight:
Range: 5-7 kg

References:

Merriam, C.H., 1898.  Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 50:352.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Marmota olympus