Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

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Yellow-bellied Marmots are large burrowing rodents with small ears  and short muzzles that live in alpine meadows and near the forest edge of the western United States and southwestern Canada. They may climb trees but are most often seen on the ground near rocks or their burrows, living in colonies of 10-20 individuals. Sometimes called "Whistle Pigs" due to the sharp "whistle" or chirp  sound they make when they are alarmed, they feed on grasses and leaves, and hibernate from late fall until spring.

1.125" Hard enamel pin; black metal.