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Latest Olympic Marmot Stories

2011-12-06 12:34:47

Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) live in extended family groups of up to 20 individuals. The groups consist of a dominant territorial pair and a number of subordinate individuals, typically descendants of the dominant pair. Over a 14-year period, Klaus Hackländer of the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Walter Arnold of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI), University of Veterinary...

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2010-06-03 08:21:30

A nutrient that's common to all living things can make hibernating marmots hungry - a breakthrough that could help scientists understand human obesity and eating disorders, according to a new study by a Colorado State University biologist. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. Professor Greg Florant discovered he could slowly release a molecule called AICAR into yellow-bellied marmots that activates a neurological pathway driving food intake and...


Latest Olympic Marmot Reference Libraries

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2006-12-13 15:07:24

The Olympic Marmot, Marmota olympus, is a marmot (a rodent in the squirrel family Sciuridae). They are found in alpine and sub alpine meadows and talus slopes of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. They are close relatives of the Hoary Marmot. Like most marmots, they are sociable burrowing animals. A typical family consists of a male, two to three females and their young. Newborn marmots stay with their family for at least two years. The burrow will usually be home to a newly born litter...

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2006-12-13 14:44:49

The yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris), also known as the "Rock Chuck", is a ground squirrel in the marmot genus. It lives in the mountains of the western United States and Canada, including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. It inhabits sub alpine and alpine regions. They typically live above 6,561 feet (2000 m) of elevation. Yellow-bellied Marmots usually weigh between 5 and 11 pounds (2 and 5 kg) when fully grown. They get fatter in the fall just before hibernating. A...

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2006-12-13 14:41:51

The hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) is a species of marmot that inhabits the mountains of northwest North America. The largest populations are in Alaska. In the northern part of that state, they may live near sea level. Hoary marmots live near the tree line on slopes. This gives them grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover. It is the largest North American ground squirrel and is often nicknamed "the whistler" for its high-pitched warning issued for danger. The animals are...

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