Spring Yellow-bellied Marmot Pup in Northern Utah

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Spring Yellow-bellied Marmot pup, Box Elder County, UtahSpring 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.


  1. Deborah Flowers May 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    So cute!

  2. Patty Chadwick May 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

    This is a beautiful shot…marmot, rocks, lichens, grasses…I can almost feel the warm sun on my shoulders and thecreflected heat from the rocks….

  3. Marty K May 8, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Your marmot pup photos have delighted me as well! 😀

  4. Bob mcpherson May 8, 2018 at 7:02 am


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