Marmots by Vickie Emms

These two little characters were sos cute and funny performing little stunts like this for my camera. I think if I had gotten out of the car, they would have played like dogs. They were adorable and apparently this is a common trait of theirs.

The marmots are a genus, Marmota, of squirrels. There are 14 species in this genus.

Marmots are generally large ground squirrels. Those most often referred to as marmots tend to live in mountainous areas such as the Alps, northern Apennine Mountains, Eurasian steppes, Carpathians, Tatra, and Pyrenees in Europe, the Rockies, the Black Hills, and the Sierra Nevada in the United States, northern Canada, Deosai plateau in Pakistan, and Ladakh in India. The groundhog, however, is also properly called a marmot, while the similarly-sized but more social prairie dog is not classified in the genus Marmota but in the related genus Cynomys.

Marmots typically live in burrows (often within rockpiles, particularly in the case of the Yellow-bellied Marmot), and hibernate there through the winter. Most marmots are highly social, and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.

Marmots mainly eat greens and many types of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, roots, and flowers.

Photographed at Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens @174mm

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • thank you Ray

    – Vickie Emms

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 4 years ago

    Funny little critters aren’t they? Thanks for showing them to us and for giving me the information about them.

  • thank you Rosemaree, they are so cute, we went to see them twice after we found their little den

    – Vickie Emms

  • gdanen
    gdanenover 4 years ago

    So cute.

  • thank you Gerry

    – Vickie Emms

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Really awesome capture ! :)

  • thank you so much Marie

    – Vickie Emms

  • wwyz
    wwyzover 4 years ago

    Are they kissing or fighting? Great capture.

  • Hi Leanna, they are kissing. These little characters were so cute we went back a second time to see if they were there and they were. I lost a lot of my first shots after having a “bad memory card”. So I got them again. I should add that to the description that they are playing. Thanks so much for your visit

    – Vickie Emms

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    How brilliant – this one made me smile!

  • that’s what it’s all about BigCat,,,,,,,,,,,,,smiles
    Thanks for your comment

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    Kissing marmots he, he, he…. So cute. I’m sure you had a blast watching them.

  • they were so cute we went back a second time to their little den hon, they are adorable, I could snuzzle them, well maybe not, lol

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Totally awesome capture Vickie!! What a fabulous capture!! So well done and instant fave for me!! I’m so looking forward to more of your wonderful captures!!

  • thank you Blair, in a couple days I should be organized. I had time to do these on the laptop while I had power and no internet :-)))

    – Vickie Emms

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    I want to get into the kissing game, they are just endearing, so sweet and adorable, wow, what a great capture….Laura

  • thank you Laura, they were so cute, I missed shots just watching them,,,,,,,,,,adorable little characters

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    What a precious image!!!! Fun!!! :-)

  • thank you hon

    – Vickie Emms

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