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Alpine marmot

Marmota marmota

Description:

This alpine marmot was unusually approachable, and was spotted digging for plant roots. Notice the roots in its mouth and the strong front teeth on the second shot.

Habitat:

Native to the European Alps. They prefer alpine meadows and high-altitude pastures above the tree line and live in deep burrow systems, where they hibernate huddled next to each other from October to April. Spotted here at 2000 m ASL. The last shot shows the marmot's habitat, an area where trees have been lost to a storm.

Notes:

Weighing up to 8 kg, alpine marmots are one of the largest of the Sciuridae. Their coat goes from dark brown to blonde though grey. You hear them before you see them! Marmots will whistle to each other warning for predators such as eagles.

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18 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thnak you Viv!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

I've just watched an episode of Life of Mammals and saw the Alpine Marmot. Very interesting!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Lisa!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

Love the habitat shot here. Our own marmot (Marmota monax) is also called a 'whistle pig' here in the southern US.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Melissa! I hope you can see them one day. You'll hear them whistle before you see them.

MelissaClareWilson
MelissaClareWilson 10 years ago

Wow they are lovely photos! I would love to see one of these!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Marta:-) It always amazes how fat they can get on what is mainly a plant diet:-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

fatty pie!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Dan!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

There you are, great shots!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Eulalia!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 10 years ago

Beautiful.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Harsha, Jacob and Satyen, thank you!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Very cute! Nice information. Loved the habitat pic as usual :-)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Great shots!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Cutie pie. :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Nice series and information.

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Zernez, Graubünden - Grigioni - Grischun, Switzerland

Spotted on Jun 26, 2012
Submitted on Jul 8, 2012

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