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Yellow-Bellied Marmot facts (Marmota flaviventris)

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Yellow-bellied marmot
Marmota flaviventris

 

One of the largest in the rodent family. Hibernate up to 8 months, emerging from February to May depending on elevation; may estivate in June in response to dry conditions and lack of green vegetation and reappear in late summer. Breed within two weeks of emerging from hibernation; average five young per year.

f-yellow-bellied-marmot-tracks-4leggers-comDESCRIPTION:
Active in morning, late afternoon, and evening. Prey for coyotes, grizzlies, and golden eagles. Colonies consist of one male, several females, plus young of the year. Vocalizations include a loud whistle (early settlers called them “whistle pigs”), a “scream” used for fear and excitement; a quiet tooth chatter that may be a threat.Males are territorial; dominance and aggressiveness demonstrated by waving tail slowly back and forth.

According to the IUCN this species is considered LEAST CONCERN (lowest threat level).
According to the IUCN this species is considered LEAST CONCERN (lowest threat level).

APPEARANCE:
Reddish-brown upper body; yellowish belly; small ears; prominent active tail.

LENGTH:
20-28 inches (0.5-0.7 m)

WEIGHT:
3-11 pounds (1.3-5 kg)

LIFE SPAN:
13-15 years in the wild

THREAT LEVEL:
Least concern

HABITAT:
Found from lowest valleys to alpine tundra, usually in open grassy communities and almost always near rocks.

f-yellow-bellied-marmot-scat-4leggers-comDIET:
Feed on grasses and forbs in early summer; switch to seeds in late summer, occasionally will eat insects.

SIGNS OF PRESENCE:
Vocalizations include a loud whistle (early settlers called them “whistle pigs”), a “scream” used for fear and excitement; a quiet tooth chatter that may be a threat.

 

 

 

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