Pika a little short-legged and virtually tailless egg-shaped mammal lives in the mountains of western North America and much of Asia, Despite their small size, body shape, and round ears, pikas are not rodents but the smallest representatives of the lagomorphs, a group of hares and rabbits.
There are 29 species of pika are remarkably uniform in body proportions, Pika’s fur is long and soft and is generally grayish-brown in colour, although a few species are rusty red, Unlike those of rabbits and hares, the hind limbs are not appreciably longer than the forelimbs, The feet, including the soles, are densely furred, with 5 toes in front and 4 behind, Most pikas weigh between 125 and 200 grams (4.5 and 7.1 ounces) and are about 6 inches in length.
They are generally lives in mountainous areas at high elevations, 2 species of Pika’s reside in North America, the rest being found primarily throughout Central Asia; 23 of them live entirely or partly in China, especially the Tibetan plateau.
There are 2 type of pikas that inhabit rock dwellers and those that construct burrows in open habitats, Rock dwellers normally lived up to 7 years, burrowing pikas rarely live more than 1 year. first offspring are lost early in the breeding season, the Rock-dwelling pikas are relatively asocial, claiming widely spaced, scent-marked territories they are able to keep track of neighbours, on the other hand burrowing pikas live in family groups, and these groups occupy and defend a mutual territory.
These are built for cold and they live in some of the harshest places on earth, as they don’t hibernate so Pika’s have to store food for the long cold winters, during the summer Pika start building an edible nest from different kings of plant material, Pika’s have to make up 100 to 200 trips in a single day to collect enough plants, Pika even gather poisonous plants which make them sick if they ate right now but the toxin reduce mold throughout the entire haystack and over the winter toxins decay so they eat the plant at that time without getting sick, gathering the plants for entire winter is a very hard work and for shortcuts Pika’s used to steal some from neighbors as well.
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