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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.
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.
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.