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Pika

Ochotona princeps

Description:

This small brown-haired lagomorph is about 6" long, has relatively large rounded ears and no visible tail.

Habitat:

Generally found in high altitude scree slopes and boulder fields in mountains.

Notes:

One of my favorite animals to watch. They have a high-pitched "eeeek!" call which always attracts my attention. They gather grasses for winter consumption, as they remain active all winter under the heavy snowpack in their rocky fortresses. Amusing to watch as they gather the grass and cure it in piles before carrying it under the rocks. They also collect mountain avens and mix it into their haystack, even though they rarely eat it. It's thought that the phenols in the avens may help retard bacterial and fungal spoilage in the stored grasses.

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6 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Adorable!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Nice presentation..ideally a good Organism..!!

Lizzy
Lizzy 3 years ago

Oh it's so cute!! ^ ^ Great picture!

MitchRay
MitchRay 3 years ago

I didn't realize they were Lagomorphs. Very cool

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 3 years ago

I think that is one reason I like to watch these guys. They are cute. But I'm always amazed by their antics, behavior and the fact that they live in such a harsh environment and remain active all winter.

Isabela
Isabela 3 years ago

Very cute!

Colorado, USA

Lat: 40.44, Long: -105.77

Spotted on Jun 6, 2010
Submitted on Apr 17, 2011

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