American pika

Although looking like a mouse, they are the smallest member of the rabbit family

Alan D. Wilson

American pika might be tiny, but they are one of the toughest animals in North America that lives in alpine terrain. They have stout, small bodies with no visible tails and a pair of big, round ears. They have a coat ranging from black to brown to camouflage among the rocks.

The coat is thicker in winter and lighter in summer but still thick enough to cause them to overheat if exposed to high heat for an extended period. Therefore, global warming might be a potential threat to them. They do not hibernate during winter. Instead, they collect grasses, dry them in the sun, and store them for winter.


Population est.
Alberta, British Columbia
United States

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No