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Alpine marmot

Marmota marmota

Description:

While alpine marmots are generally very shy, this one let me get within about 10m before disappearing under the rocks. The animal's thick coat and teeth can be noticed. On the second shot you can see that the marmot's thumb has no claw but a nail.

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 2200 m ASL.

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. It is common to find an individual watching out for the colony from an elevated rock position as shown here.

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13 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks for your comment Hayde! If you hear them whistling look very carefully, with binoculars if possible: they should be visible.

hayde
hayde 10 years ago

Great spotting! I've always wanted to see one, looked around carefully but nothing :( I've only heard their funny whistles! They are so lovable :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

You have taken the pains to give us a very good spotting, nothing great about me :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks again Satyen. Youre very kind.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Eventually when you got the chance of getting close, it is evident that you made the best out of it. Superb.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

;-)

NicoleB
NicoleB 10 years ago

At least you have the 300mm ;-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Nicole! It's still at the long end of a 300 mm zoom...

NicoleB
NicoleB 10 years ago

What a little Beauty!
Lucky you that this one let you get so close :-)!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Satyen! I hear and see them relatively often but can rarely get that close.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Lovely catch.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

A poser indeed Yulia! I'm sure he's not freezing, but I'm also not quite sure what they're making of having snow in July, even though it's not unheard of. Going into hibernation now would not be a good idea as they haven't accumulated enough body fat yet. Maybe a "little sleep" till thinks get warmer again!

yulia8473
yulia8473 10 years ago

what a poser )))), hope it's not freezing

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Bagnes, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 24, 2011
Submitted on Jul 26, 2011

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