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06-29-2010, 12:06 PM
What kind of rodents would one find living above the tree line in the Rocky Mountains?


06-29-2010, 03:23 PM
rats. you get rats everywhere. and mice.

rabbits are considered rodents too.

06-29-2010, 03:52 PM

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

06-29-2010, 03:56 PM
don't forget the gophers!!!! there's plenty on the jemez mountains, together with squirrels and chipmunks and rabbits, but we've got plenty of trees too, so not sure how far from the tree line we are.... the top of the ski hill is at 9000 feet.

ETA: the jemez are the southern tip of the rocky mts...

06-29-2010, 04:10 PM
rats. you get rats everywhere.
Except in Alberta. (http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex816?opendocument)

Kathie Freeman
06-29-2010, 08:42 PM
Something else, too, but my brain is on freze right now. Starts with a "C". Cony, Cavy, something like that. Small and fat.

06-30-2010, 05:39 AM


06-30-2010, 07:04 AM
rabbits aren't rodents.

06-30-2010, 11:53 AM
I want to say hyrax?

No, rabbits are not rodents

07-01-2010, 05:49 AM
The hyrax is native to Africa. And is also not a rodent.

07-01-2010, 06:02 AM
rabbits aren't rodents.

Huh! I did not know that! They're actually related to the horse. Learn something new every day. For 50 years I've been wrong.

But they still taste good.

Chris P
07-01-2010, 06:13 AM
Yes to pika, and marmots.

07-02-2010, 02:36 AM
Pika aren't rodents, either. Like rabbits, they're lagomorphs. However, maybe your character doesn't know or doesn't care about the difference. If he or she is just looking for something to eat, or is just observing the wildlife and you just need to mention small mammals, pika work just fine. Rabbits and hares generally aren't found too far above the treeline, but they might venture up there when the weather is warm.

Marmots are major dwellers above the treeline and are rodents.

You also get golden-mantel ground squirrels just above the treeline in the Rockies. You'll get meadow voles in some areas on the border of the treeline.

By far your most common mammals above the treeline, though, will be pika and marmots.