Alpine Marmot has a thick body with short legs and dense fur. The
fur is short, smooth and yellowish brown on the body. Fur
around on the head and nape is gray and the nose is white.
The tail is short and hairy, ending in a black tuft. Body
length is 50-60 cm and the tail length is 13-16 cm.
generally lives in open areas such as meadows or forest edge.
Marmots spend most of their lives in deep burrows, hibernating
up to nine months of the year. The diet consists mainly of
green vegetation like grasses but may also include fruits,
grains and insects.
Alpine Marmots live in groups of 10-15 individuals. Sentries stand
guard over the group and will emit a distinctive whistle to
alert the group of danger. The mating season begins in early
spring and the young are born in early summer. The single
litter contains 2-6 offspring.
marmota occurs in the Swiss, Italian, and French Alps;
W Austria; S Germany; Carpathian (Romania) and the Tatra Mtns
(Czech Republic, Poland); intorduced into the French Pyrenees,
E Austria nd N Serbia and Montenegro.