Vancouver Island marmot

Vancouver Island marmot

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Marmota vancouverensis
WEIGHT
3-7 kg
LENGTH
65-70 cm

The Vancouver Island marmot naturally occurs only in the high mountains of Vancouver Island, in the British Columbia. This particular marmot species is large compared to some other marmots, and most other rodents. Marmots as a group are the largest members of the squirrel family, with weights of adults varying from 3 to 7 kg depending on age and time of year. Although endemic to Vancouver Island, Marmota vancouverensis now also resides successfully at several captive breeding centres across Canada as well as several sites on Vancouver Island at which local extinction was observed during the 1990s. This is the result of an ongoing recovery program designed to prevent extinction and restore self-sustaining wild populations of this unique Canadian species. Due to the efforts of the recovery program, the marmot count in the wild increased from fewer than 30 wild marmots in 2003, to an estimated 250–300 in 2015.

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Di

Diurnal

Fo

Folivore

Fr

Frugivore

He

Herbivore

Zo

Zoochory

Fo

Fossorial

Is

Island endemic

Po

Pollinator

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

Bu

Burrowing

Mo

Monogamy

So

Social

Co

Colonial

Hi

Hibernating

No

Not a migrant

V

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Countries
Biogeographical realms

Vancouver Island marmot habitat map

Climate zones

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
32 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 7

References

1. Vancouver Island marmot Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Island_marmot
2. Vancouver Island marmot on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12828/22259184

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