Meadows and valleys of mountainous areas
Western North America from southern Canada to northern Arizona and New Mexico
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
Yellow-bellied marmots resemble large, stout squirrels. They can grow up to 11 inches in length and weigh up to 11 pounds. Their fur is a brownish-reddish color everywhere except for their bellies which, as their name suggests, are yellow. Yellow-bellied marmots can most often be spotted in high elevation areas near rocks.
Yellow-bellied marmots hibernate up to eight months a year, leaving only a short four months for them to mate, raise their young, and fatten up for the next winter.
Since they are most often seen near rocks, yellow-bellied marmots are often referred to as ‘rock chucks’.
When they aren’t busy feeding or grooming, yellow-bellied marmots can often be spotted sunning themselves on top of rocks.
Yellow-bellied marmots build extensive underground burrows. Abandoned marmot burrows are often used by other species.
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