Gray or Altai marmot

Marmota baibacina

Distribution. High alpine areas of the Altai mountains of Central Asia.


Active about five months a year, the Altai marmot matures slowly and doesn't breed for the first three years. About half the adult females breed. Litters, while large (about six pups), suffer high first year mortality--less than 20% of the pups born one year survive to the next. Populations are declining. They are reported to have a single alarm call. They appear to hybridize with M. sibirica in Mongolia; hybrid vocalizations are reported to contain elements of both species' calls.



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