Secrets of Marmot Hibernation

A family of marmots prepares for their upcoming hibernation in a den 6 – 20 feet underground. Fourteen species of this animal are found across the world.

 

At Pitchstone Waters we have the Hoary Marmot. It can weigh 11-pounds and live 15-years. The animals emerge from their dens in April and go back in early August, when the green grass growth slows. Scientists have recently found that marmots do not age while hibernating, which in our area is eight months per year.

 

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