Olympic Marmot - Marmota olympus
The Olympic marmot has brown fur mixed with white. Patches of its fur may lighten to a light brown in the summer. It has a white muzzle, small ears and eyes, a bushy tail and short legs. The Olympic marmot has sharp claws that it uses for digging.
The Olympic marmot is only found in the Olympic Mountains in Washington state.
The Olympic marmot is found on rocky mountain slopes and hillsides and in alpine meadows.
The Olympic marmot eats a variety of grasses, flowers, and green plants including sedges, lupines, mosses, lilies and heather blossoms. Occasionally, it eats insects. It hibernates from September through May. After it comes out of hibernation, roots make up a large part of its diet until new plants bloom.
The Olympic marmot mates a couple of weeks after it comes out of hibernation. About a month after mating, the female gives birth to four to five babies. The young stay with their family group for at least two years. Female Olympic marmots usually have a litter every other year.