Location, Wyoming, USA, Absaroka Mountains
Yes, pikas are very cute, but for their size, they have a formidable set of teeth. At the end of a very busy day harvesting grass for the winter, this image was captured when the pika yawned.
Easily seen during daylight hours sitting on rocks, surveying surrounding territory. Male and female territories are usually adjacent, and separate except during breeding season. Short vocalizations signal movements to and from territories, and are used as alarm calls as well. Longer calls are used by the males during the breeding season. Maximum longevity is about 6 years. Use talus slopes or areas of broken rocks near meadows.
Habitat: Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves
Range: Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Western Canada
Information Source: eNature.com