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Russian Journal of Ecology

, 40:529 | Cite as

Temperature conditions in burrows of the steppe marmot, Marmota bobak Müller (1776), in the hibernation period

  • A. A. Nikol’skii
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Abstract

Data published in the Handbook on the Climate of the Soviet Union have been used as a basis for estimating the temperature of the soil surrounding the nest chamber during the period of bobak marmot hibernation. Interspecific differences in the temperature conditions of hibernation have been revealed. The hypothesis is substantiated that the dates of hibernation onset in marmots depend on air temperature outside the burrow.

Key words

bobak marmot hibernation burrow temperature 

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  1. 1.Russian University of Peoples’ FriendshipMoscowRussia

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