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American Pika

Ochotona princeps

Description:

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

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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5 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

I LOVE PIKA!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

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

VicLoya
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
Jeannette 8 years ago

Very cute, great shot :)

VicLoya
Spotted by
VicLoya

Idaho, USA

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

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