Classe: Mammiferi (Mammalia)
Order: Roditori (Rodentia)
Family: Sciuridi (Sciuridae)
Dimensions: length 50-58 cm
Habitat: Alpine prairies, especially on the southern slopes, where the soil and rocks are steady.
Diet: seeds and grass.
Reproduction: the mating season is at the end of April.
Cubs: 4-5 babies are born, coming out of the den only in July, about forty days after the birth.
Curiosities: the first marmot becoming aware of a danger gives the alarm with repeated and very high whistles; when it sights the Golden Eagle, it utters only one very long whistle.
Notes: marmots live in family groups; at the end of October they retire into dens deep in the earth and spend the winter in hibernation.
In the Park: only in the eastern areas: Mt. Serva, Mt. Schiara, Van de Zità.
(photo by Valter Binotto)