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Yellow-bellied Marmot

Marmota flaviventris

Description:

The yellow-bellied marmot is a large, heavy-bodied ground squirrel in the marmot genus. This particular species is mainly yellowish-brown in color, with a bright yellow to yellow-red underside. They also have distinct yellow speckling on both sides of their necks, a white spot in between their eyes, and beige or yellow patches beneath their ears. They have bushy tails and have hoary fur with whitish tips.

Habitat:

Talus slopes near alpine meadow above 13,000 ft.

Notes:

Went up into the high country today in hopes of seeing some alpine wildlife (Mountain Goats, Bighorn, pika, marmot, etc). Just as we got up above tree-line the weather quickly turned bad. Fog and a snow/rain mixture made for a very uncomfortable time. I took a couple shots of this marmot as he/she was the only wildlife we really saw. I may try my luck again next weekend!

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25 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Possibly ulvalactuca77! What elevation were you at? If you were above tree line then it could have been a marmot or a pika. If you were around town or in the foothills it may have been a prairie dog! Marmots are noticeably bigger though!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

I wonder if this is what I saw hiking in CO. I thought they were ground hogs but the were loud and territorial to each other but not skittish to people.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

too cute.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! They love their life above treeline!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you jheitor!

jheitor
jheitor 7 years ago

excelent

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you all!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Nice!

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

So cute!!! <3

KristaHerman
KristaHerman 7 years ago

Oh, it is so fat and cute! Great shot Emily!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you Mark and Surekha!

surekha
surekha 7 years ago

Oh, so cute!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Good spotting, A well fed one.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you Lindsy! I keep laughing at all the comments about his chubbiness! He did kind of look like a marmot log! :D

Lindsy
Lindsy 7 years ago

So cute! Those marmots are so fun to watch. This one is so round! :)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you Reza and Alexandra!

Wonderful !

AlexandraRodrigues
AlexandraRodrigues 7 years ago

Lovely!! So cute!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Hahaha Marta! Indeed! Winter is incredibly tough at 13,000 ft! I sure hope he is prepared! :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Seems well pepared for the winter! :-)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thanks Beaker and Yuko! They are super cute! They are extra fat this time of year as they are preparing to hibernate starting in September!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Super cute!

beaker98
beaker98 7 years ago

That is just cute:)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Thank you Satyen! I was disappointed I didn't see more wildlife, but I did enjoy watching this chubby little cutie warm up on a rock!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Nice series!

EmilyMarino
Spotted by
EmilyMarino

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2013
Submitted on Aug 26, 2013

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