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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Marmota
Genus species:Marmota flaviventris

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:45-57 cm
Weight:Male 2.2-5.2 kg, female 1.6-3.95 kg.
Identification:The yellow-bellied marmot is overall a yellowish brown color, with white-tipped fur on its sides and back, a buff-yellow neck, hips and belly. There are cream colored areas between the eyes and on the lips. The feet are light buff to dark brown. The tail is grizzly brown in color.
Habitat:Steppes, alpine meadows, pastures, and forest edges
Diet:Omnivore: leaves, blossoms, fruit, grain, legumes, and insects
Reproduction:One to nine young are born after a gestation period of 30-32 days. Yellow-bellied marmots reach maturity at two years of age, but most do not breed until they reach three years of age.
A single burrow usually contains one adult male and 2-3 adult females.
Behavior:Marmots hibernate from September to May.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The yellow-bellied marmot is known to host the tick that carries Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Central North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Yellow-bellied marmot
rodent
Marmots
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata