Alpine marmot

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Alpine Marmot
An Alpine marmot in the regional park of the Queyras in France
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Marmota
Species: M. marmota
Binomial name
Marmota marmota
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Alpine marmot is a species of marmot (a rodent). It can be found in mountain regions of central and southern Europe. It is the third-largest rodent on the European continent. The Eurasian beaver and the Crested porcupine are both larger than it. Alpine marmots mature in their third year. For this reason, marmots live in family groups of up to twenty animals. Alpine marmots have been around since the ice age. Today, their range is limited to the higher mountain regions.

References[change | change source]

  1. Herrero, J., Zima, J. & Coroiu, I. (2008). Marmota marmota. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.