yellow-bellied marmot Marmota flavientris
Order Rodentia Rodents
- Animals with 2 upper & 2 lower incisors and no canines
- Of all mammals, has the most number of worldwide species
Family Sciuridae Squirrel Family (tail always completely haired)
Subfamily Sciurinae Marmots, ground squirrels, chipmunks, & tree squirrels
- Tail usually bushy
- 4 toes on front feet, 5 toes on hind feet
- Internal cheek pouches in ground squirrels & chipmunks)
Yellow-bellied marmot 1 of 4 species of marmots in Pacific NW & Canada Largest members of squirrel family.
- No internal cheek pouches.
- Do not cache food; instead store as layers of body fat
- Dormant for much of the year (depends on elevation & location) with summer and winter hibernation
- Herbivores: green forbs and grasses.
- Eaten by badgers, coyotes, eagles, owls, and hawks.