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The marmot was build thick. The reasoning is to keep it warm since it lives at such a high altitude. This particular marmot was rather fat. He was light brown and yellow looking in areas. The marmot had a medium length fluffy tail and small ears. The marmot head was darker in color. The marmot had dark brown little paw like hands. He was very cute.
The habitat we found this little creature was at the top of the Rocky Mountains in the alpine tundra. The altitude at the top of Longs Peak is 14,259 feet. The habitat was tree less with short brown-green grass and many rocks. Up at this level it was very cool (cold depending on the time of day and year) and plants were simply small bushes.
This adorable little marmot popped out from behind a bush to eat as my family and I were enjoying the trail at the visitor center (at the top). It stayed for a very long time since we were so cautious not to scare him. The marmot was very aware that we were there. He stayed very alert.