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American Pika

Ochotona princeps


Pika are small vocal, and diurnal herbivores related to the rabbit and hare with round ears and no tail.


Pika live on rock covered hillsides above 8000 feet. Their range in North America is from British Columbia to New Mexico and west to California.


Pikas do not hibernate so they must make hundreds of daily trips during the summer to collect and store a cache of winter food. Many times, the pika will collect poisonous plants. The poison acts as a food preservative during the long winter months but will eventually lose its toxicity. Later in the season, when the plant is safe to eat, the pikas have a fresh food source.

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YukoChartraw 8 years ago


Hema 8 years ago

Oh When Oh When will I spot a Pita.........

VicLoya 8 years ago

Stay tuned Marta...I have another spotting I will post shortly. They are adorable creatures!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Nice spotting! I would love to see one of these!

Jeannette 8 years ago

Very cute, great shot :)

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Idaho, USA

Spotted on Aug 6, 2005
Submitted on Aug 11, 2012

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