July 18, 2010

Marmot on the Rocks

We heard this little fellow whistling at us from his safe haven on a rocky slope.  (A loud whistle is the marmot alarm call.) He had a handy hole to dive into, so he wasn't too worried about Daisy.
He's a yellow-bellied marmot.  We saw several of them as we hiked along at about 9500 feet.  Isn't he cute?
The 18-26 inch long Marmots inhabit burrows on rocky slopes on sides of mountain or a meadows. They live from 3 to 20 years eating forbs, clovers, alfalfa, grasses and occasionally insects. Foxes, badgers, bears, Eagles, and mountain lions prey on them.  http://www.wildutah.us/ 

15 comments:

  1. Hi Janie, The marmot knows what he's doing, doesn't it?????? I've heard them called a HUGE ground squirrel--but to me, they look like our groundhogs/woodchucks here...

    Great pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. That little guy is pudgy - must've had a good meal of clover!

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  3. So cute. Haven't seen any marmots since living in WA.

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  4. He's a cutie. I haven't seen a marmot since our honeymoon (1980) to Pike's Peak!

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  5. Very cute - who couldn't love a face like that? I guess he's a rodent, is he?

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  6. he is so cute...I've never seen one before...thank you for sharing..

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  7. He is so cute!!
    I would love to see (or hear) a video of him whistling.

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  8. Janie, you capture so beautiful nature & the outdoors! I so appreciate your sharing this with us.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  9. I love your photos of the marmot. He certainly is a cute critter.

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  10. I've never even heard of one but he is adorable. That's a serious list of predators though- poor marmot!

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  11. Great picture! I've seen marmots before but haven't had my camera with me.

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  12. Aw, what great shots. I just love marmots.

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  13. great picture of an elusive creature.

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