© Michaela Walch/Alam
What would the Alps be without marmots? Alpine Marmots are a large species of squirrel that is mostly found in mountainous areas, mostly in Europe. Their average life span is around 16–18 years. Their favourite foods are plants, carrots, grains, insects, spiders, and worms. These cute little squirrels are one species that is sadly hunted down for sport. During the winter, the male marmot collects grass and builds a small nest. The male marmot collects good-quality grass materials to build his nest and keep his family warm. The marmots also keep themselves fat enough by doubling their body weight to ensure they are healthy and survive the winter. With snow already on the peaks, they waste no time and get ready to survive.