Animals exhibit many different types of dormancy. One of them, hibernation, refers to inactivity and metabolic depression associated with low temperatures or food deprivation. Hibernation is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and reduced heart rate and a low … Continue reading
In honor of Groundhog Day here is a picture of the “Lookout Marmot”. We do not have groundhogs here in Northeastern California. However, a cousin of the groundhog, the yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) is common. I always joke that instead … Continue reading
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The rock outcrops on the northwest corner of Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA) are perfect habitat for yellow bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris). These large rodents, belonging to the ground squirrel family, inhabit rock slides, talus slopes, lava beds and … Continue reading