Long-tailed marmot (Marmota caudata)

Marmots are large rodents with flat heads, small ears, and short necks. Their feet all have five digits with sharp claws and pads well-adapted for digging burrows.

Long-tailed marmot

Figure 1: Long-tailed marmot

Relevance to snow leopard conservation:
Marmots are prey species for snow leopards where their habitats overlap.

Marmots are highly social. Large groups of marmots live together in underground burrows made up of tunnels and dens. Marmots hibernate during the winter and are diurnial (active during the day) the rest of the year.

Marmots are herbivores. They are known to eat grasses, leaves, flowers, fruit, and other plant materials.

Marmots live in forests and pastures at elevations between 2,400 and 4,300 m.

Images of martens

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