I had a great time photographing a roadside Yellow-bellied Marmot yesterday in northern Utah and the marmot was very cooperative. So cooperative that I took way, way too many images of it. But, I figure since I don’t have many opportunities with marmots I should take the photos when I can.
And if they make me laugh like this Yellow-bellied Marmot sticking out its tongue, all the better! This photo also shows the marmots feet and long nails that this species uses for digging into the earth. This was taken without my teleconverter on.
And I just can’t resist portraits of my subjects when I can take them without disturbing my subjects so I put my teleconverter back on and took this close up of the marmot while it looked around next to the rocks its burrow is in.
The marmot crawled up a rock from the grasses and laid itself down on a rock and for a bit it seemed like it was going to go to sleep. Out loud I said “Please yawn” and the next thing I knew it was yawning.
Of course the marmot didn’t listen to me and I’m not a “whisperer” of any kind, but it was nice that the marmot yawned when it did. Looks at those long teeth!
When the marmot moved off of the rocks and started to nibble on spring grasses I put my teleconverter back on and took many more close ups of it while it was eating.
I just can’t resist Yellow-bellied Marmots.
A few Yellow-bellied Marmot Facts:
- Male marmots are larger on average than the females.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots are found throughout the western U.S including the Rockies, Sierra Nevada and the intermountain west along with some areas in Canada.
- The preferred habit for Yellow-bellied Marmots includes alpine meadows, steppes, rocky mountain talus slopes, pastures and forest edges.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots eat grasses, leaves, blossoms of herbaceous plants, grains, fruit and occasionally insects.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots have four pups in their litters.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots live up to 13 to 15 years.
Life is good.