Marmot

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Marmots
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Groundhog


Groundhog, Marmota monax
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Subfamily:Sciurinae
Genus:Marmota
Binomial name
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Species

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Marmots are members of the genus Marmota, in the rodent family Sciuridae (squirrels).

Marmots are generally large ground squirrels. Those most often referred to as marmots tend to live in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevadas in the United States or the European Alps. However the groundhog is also properly called a marmot, and the prairie dog is also better called a "prairie marmot", though it is not classified in the genus Marmota but in the closely related genus Cynomys.

Marmots typically live in burrows, and hibernate there through the winter. Most marmots are highly social, and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.

Species of marmot

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At Cedar Breaks, a marmot's (lower right) natural camouflage hides it in a pile of rocks, a common habitat.

External links

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Yellow-bellied marmot in Glacier National Park (Canada)
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