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Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
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Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)

General: Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) are large, heavy-bodied ground squirrels of meadow edges and talus slopes with big boulders in the mountains. Yellow-bellied Marmots grow to about 25-inches long (head and body to about 20 inches, tail about 6 inches). The dorsal color is gray-brown overall with rust and yellow mixed in, and the belly color is yellowish with some rust mixed in. There usually is a patch of white across the nose between the eyes. The feet are reddish to brown, but never black.

Also called woodchuck, but technically that common name belongs to another species: Marmota monax.

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Typical habitat with meadows and big boulders

Distribution: Don't look for Yellow-bellied Marmots around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, throughout mountains of northern Nevada, in southern Utah (Zion National Park), and places northward into British Columbia.

Habitat: Mountain habitats with meadows and big boulders. Marmots eat and store large amounts of grass, so they need meadows, and they burrow under huge boulders where predators can't dig them out.

Similar Species: None in our part of the world.

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Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot. Note the large size, white patch on the nose between the eyes, and the brown feet.
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) This Yellow-bellied Marmot was living in a forested area at an elevation of about 7,200. Boulders were nearby, but this was an unusually low and unusually forested situation for a marmot.
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Adult Marmot giving the last word to the pesky photographer.
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Feeding on flowers
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Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot, juvenile
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Yellow-bellied Marmot, juvenile
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Yellow-bellied Marmot, juvenile
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Yellow-bellied Marmot, juvenile
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Sometimes things just get all mixed up ...
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
... and sometimes things are just comfortable
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Marmots usually are wary prey items ...
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
... but sometimes they become habituated to humans.
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Sitting in the shade with friends
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Under a boulder and ready to dive into the burrow
Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) more to come ...

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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