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There are several marmot species, giant ground squirrels, native to North America and Eurasia.

Types Of Marmots

The Hoary Marmot is a species of ground squirrel native to North America. They are found in high-altitude and subalpine meadows in the western United States and Canada. They are also known as the “whistler” due to their loud calls.

Hoary Marmot

Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks. Goundhogs are herbivores, feeding primarily on grasses, plants, and vegetables.


Olympic marmots are considered a keystone species in the Olympic Mountains, USA. Their burrowing activities help to maintain the structure of the meadows, and their grazing helps to control the growth of vegetation,

Olympic Marmot

They have broad, flat noses and powerful jaws that crack open nuts and seeds. Their large, sharp incisors are used for gnawing on tough vegetation and digging burrows.

Physical Characteristics Of Marmots

Marmots prefer to live in open areas with plenty of sunlight, such as meadows, rock slides, and talus slopes. They also need well-drained soils to construct their burrows for hibernation, and protection. 

Habitat And Distribution

Marmots are social animals that live in colonies. They form close bonds and groom, play, and forage together. They use calls to signal danger, to establish dominance and during mating.

Social Behavior And Communication

Climate change is impacting marmots by altering the timing of their hibernation, which can disrupt their breeding cycles.  Conservation efforts include habitat restoration, and education and outreach programs.

Threats And Conservation

They are a keystone species and have an important  impact on the overall health of their ecosystem. Marmots are important for seed dispersal and they are also a prey species for many predators, providing a critical food source.

Role In Ecosystems

The future of marmots in the wild is uncertain, as they face threats from habitat loss, climate change, and predation by humans and domestic animals.

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