Deep feet.The Pika’s are current residents of western parts

Deep inside the cold alpine,subline areas you hear a high pitched whistle sound coming from a rocky area,this whistle is coming from a little hair ball like figure.This hairball is known as the great American Pika.Some may know them as the “Rock Rabbit” this nickname comes from the houses they live and the family they come from.  These furry fuzz balls need to pay attention to where they settle down to live because these animals will die if the temperature rises much above 77 degrees ferrin height.That’s why the Pikas live in the areas they do.These areas have harsh cold winter,and almost have snow on the tips of the mountains year round.These animals typically live in elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet.The Pika’s are current residents of western parts of North America.They also live in British Columbia,Canada,and all through the United States.In Oregon,Pikas are currently celebrated residents of Crater Lake National Park,as well as mountainous areas of central  and eastern Oregon.Inside these habitats,the Pika can not be out in the open,that is why they make their dens in rock piles and slides.There is not a lot of effort or work that goes into these dens,because they do not need to make the den,they need to bring things into the home,like sticks,leaves,grass and weeds these thing are for beds and padding to the floor and walls.The great American Pika lives in this habitat because,their diet is such a big thing to have,in order to survive.Their diet consists of plants such as thistle,sedge,wildflowers,and grasses,these are just a few of what they really collect. Most of their life is spent foraging/eating the food,in fact Biologists have came to the conclusion that the pika in just a 10-week time period one pika will make up to over 14,000 foraging trips.Although these animals do not hibernate,they sure collect a enormous amount of food. And when I say enormous I mean ENORMOUS,scientists have done a study on how much they collect each winter,they have found that Pika’s collect over 61 pounds!!!!! They of course do not have this much space in their dens for this much food, so they make something called a haypile, they use this haypile to safely secure the food. These haypile are made of all the wonderful foods that they collect. The pika’s diet is an important part of what they look, and their size.Their family is also a big reason of why they look the way they do.The pika comes from the rabbit family that is why they have their rounded ears and a fluffy little body.The average adult has about the body size of a tennis ball and the children are about the size of a golf ball.One thing that separates the pika from it’s family is the tail,the typical bunny or hare has a nice, fluffy tail, the pika does ,it hardly can even compare,it has one of the longest in the family.Although you can’t see the tail it is definitely there.The pika has a thick coat of fur all over its body all year around,although the coat is thick it gets thicker in the winter time,so that they can maintain the weather.The fur coat contains colors of grayish brown.The pika has 4 little legs,the 2 hind legs are very small,they barely measure to be 25-35mm,the hind legs have little