- The yellow-bellied marmot is similar in size to the woodchuck, with a total body length ranging from 47 to 67 centimetres
(19 to 26 inches).
- Fur of the upperparts is grizzled buff-brown in color, and the under-parts are brownish-yellow.
- The bushy tail is grizzled brown.
- Sparsely distributed in the Rocky Mountain, foothill and grassland natural regions in extreme southern Alberta.
- In Alberta, the yellow-bellied marmot lives at low elevations in talus slopes on mountain sides, and in rock piles under
- Yellow-bellied marmots are more colonial than woodchucks. Many family groups may live together in their rocky habitat.
- Burrows are located well within the talus, with the older more dominant adults occupying burrows near the centre of the
- Yellow-bellied marmots eat green vegetation that grows on or near their rock habitat.
- Are active from April to about mid-August in Alberta. Autumn and winter months are spent in hibernation.
- Mating occurs after emergence from hibernation in April.
- Litters of four to five young are born in May.
The yellow-bellied marmot is classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report.
Appropriately enough, the yellow belly of the yellow-bellied marmot distinguishes it from the woodchuck. Also, the range
of the yellow-bellied marmot is further south in Alberta.
Updated: May 13, 2010