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The Alpine Pika is found in the mountains of Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. It is a small animal that only weighs about 5 ounces but It grows to a length of about 7 inches. This animal loves to live in cold mountain climates. The Alpine Piks have very sharp and curved claws that are used for digging. In the summer months, it is busy gathering and storing food for the winter. It's diet consists of plant stems and grasses. It has excellent hearing and eyesight that helps them know when a predator is near. If the Alpine Pika feels threatened, then it makes a very high pitched whistle that can be heard for a long way.

The Alpine Pika is very similar to a rabbit. These little animals like to dig burrows and their sharp and curved claws help them do the job easily. These pikas do not hibernate so that is why they spend a lot of time gathering and storing food for the winter months. These are very generous little animals because they often share their burrows with sparrows. The pika is sometimes called the whistling hare because of it's high pitched sound it uses to scare off predators. The Alpine Piks has a good population and they are not listed as high risk or endangered. They like to keep warm in the winter months and will not be seen out often because they will stay in their burrows.

There are a few species of pika and some species make their homes in the United States. Pikas are also very similar to hamsters. In the United States, some species are declining due to global warming. They are very attractive and their bodies are covered with a lot of fur. People often refer to them as little furballs. When the pikas have young, they will have up to about five. They are also very protective of their young. Many of the pikas will maintain the meadows because they collect grasses for the burrow and for food. The Alpine Pikas like high elevation boulder fields. They have adapted to cold climates very well. Some species of pika live at lower elevations. Pikas are a difficult species to observe because they stay mostly in their burrows all winter only coming into view in the summer months. They are a very interesting animal. The American Pika is the species that is native to the United States.


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