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a photo of an American pika, taken by Wikipedia user Walter Siegmund

American pikas live in the mountains in Western Canada and the U.S. They make their homes under rocks and dirt. Pikas are herbivores, eating grass, lichens, sedges, flowers, thistles, and fireweed. They are diurnal (active throughout the day) and prey to animals including eagles, coyotes, hawks, weasels, bobcats, and foxes. Their length is from 6-8 inches, and their weight is usually 6 ounces.