Spring Yellow-bellied Marmot pup- Nikon D500, f9, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Photographing Yellow-bellied Marmot pups have delighted me this spring and since they don’t stay little for long I have taken photos of them every time I have had the chance. I think they are just too cute to pass by.
This marmot pup was out sunning on top of a lichen encrusted rocks with visible spring growth of grasses and rabbitbrush when I photographed it at the end of April this year. There were at least 5 other marmot pups that I could see along with one adult but they stayed more well hidden than this one.
The Yellow-bellied Marmot pups are growing fast and it has been such fun for me to see them playing, sunning, grooming, eating and sleeping this spring.
Life is good.
Yellow-bellied Marmot facts and information:
- Yellow-bellied Marmots are large burrowing rodents with brown fur, yellow bellies, white muzzles and small round ears.
- Male marmots are larger on average then 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, semi-desert areas, pastures and forest edges.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots eat grasses, leaves, blossoms of herbaceous plants, grains, fruit and occasionally insects.
- Nicknames for Yellow-bellied Marmots include “rock chuck” and “whistle pig”.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots have four pups in their litters.
- Yellow-bellied Marmots live up to 13 to 15 years.