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marmots

marmots

Homeland:
Alps above the tree line. At 800 to 2700 m above sea level.
Food:
herbs, grass
Habitat:
mountain meadows and pastures
enemies:
Golden eagle, fox and wolf
Activities:
diurnal
social structure:
lives in family groups
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Marmots hibernate from October to April. In the short summer they eat up a layer of fat with nutritious herbs, which they feed on in the winter. Up to 20 members of a family spend the winter in close physical contact in the well-padded underground burrow.

Warm and sunny slopes with an open view near the snow line are the habitat of the marmot, well known to all mountain hikers. Its diet consists of roots, herbs and grasses. From August onwards they bite off grass to dry it and carry it into the burrow as nest bedding and winter fodder. Depending on the altitude of the burrow, hibernation lasts 6 months or longer.