New Mexico Marmot

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New Mexico Marmot

My wife and I spotted this New Mexico Marmot while on a high altitude wilderness hike.  New Mexico Marmots are ground-dwelling rodents of the squirrel family.  In North America they are called groundhogs or woodchucks.  New Mexico Marmot use lookouts to watch for predators. When a predator is spotted, the lookout whistles loudly. Marmots are excellent diggers, and construct an elaborate system of burrows, each with both a main entrance and an escape tunnel. Their burrows are used as dens by other animals, including skunks and foxes. During the summer, Marmots gain weight in order to prepare for hibernation. New Mexico Marmot usually hibernate all winter and may lose as much as half their body weight by February.  

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Rainer
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Michael S. Bolton
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John, As much as I love MN, all the pictures you post is making me want to move.

Have an awesome day!

February 02, 2012 09:02 PM
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So adorable, John - we don't see too many groundhogs in our area...now, if you want a picture of mole hill, that I can do! :-)

Happy Groundhog Day!

February 02, 2012 09:02 PM
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Hi Steve,  Yeh sure right along with Groundhog day!  We may as well call it Marmot Day right.

Hi Pacita,  I didn't mean to overlook you, just an overlap in timing or something. Anyway thanks for dropping in and eyeballing our little Marmot. Well hes actually pretty big.

Hi Roy,  I'm sure there would be many variations as there are with most critters.  Good to see you!

Al and Peg,  It was indeed a beautiful day.  I'm ready for any early spring, I think we are going to get it.

Hi Patrick,  Thanks from dropping in, hope you have a good evening.

Bryan, I have to work with what I got.  I get burned out talking about Real Estate all the time.  So today is Marmot Day!

Hey Juli,  Glad you come by and share with us.  Its making me want to head out for a high mountain hike.

Hello Gary,  They really are interesting little beasts. But seem pretty harmless, just curious and love to eat.

February 02, 2012 09:05 PM
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Looks like he's king of the hill , taking in all the sun that he can in anticipation of his long winters hibernation.  Thanks for sharing this photo.. I just wish that his country cousins the squirrels,  would keep out of my garden, they have been reaking havoc eating my tulip bulbs .

February 02, 2012 09:37 PM
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Best photo on Active Rain for today!  What a handsome sleek looking critter!

February 02, 2012 11:02 PM
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John,

I bet the odds of the New Mexico  Marmot ever not seeing his shadow is slim.  Good thing they don't judge winter by him!:)  Great picture!!!

February 02, 2012 11:33 PM
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Those little rascals LOVE the camera! I had some in Colorado that posed for me too! LOL! GREAT SHOT!

February 02, 2012 11:57 PM
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Hi John,

Great shot on him on the beautiful rock. I like the contrast of the colors and it makes the marmot stand out more as they usually blend into the terrain. Have a great weekend.

February 03, 2012 10:11 AM
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John - If a Marmot see his shadow does that mean you get six more months of summer?

February 03, 2012 05:52 PM
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That's a great shot, John!  I've never seen a marmot in person, they do look a lot like a groundhog.  You always seem to have your camera handy....

 

February 03, 2012 06:28 PM
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John,

How did you ever find one that would let you pose him on a rock like this? Great shot. :)

Steve

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Great shot John!  I wish he had not seen his shadow, Iwould love to have that beautiful weather for the next 6 weeks.

February 04, 2012 11:01 AM
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John,

This post is now featured on "Tuesday's Treasures." Congratulations. :)

Steve

February 04, 2012 05:30 PM
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John,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in "Silent Saturday." :)

Steve

February 05, 2012 10:47 AM
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Hi Michele,  It hard for me to imagine him being a cousin to the squirrel, these guys are really bit 20-25 lbs is my guess.  We have had some pesky little rock squirrels that devoured our petunias over a couple of years.  They think they are candy.

Hello Marge,  Wow that is very kind of you! I hope to share some other photos of the awesome adventure in the future.

Hi Dee Dee, As big as these guys are you can bet they are creating plenty of shadow.

Joni,  This one didn't seem to mind but he didn't want me getting to close a little zoom required on this shot.  He was the brave one the others were staying out of site.

Hi Kristin,  I had a good backdrop for sure, perfectly blue sky and all that tall grass.

Robert and LIsa,  Exactly! 

Hi Erika,  You would know him when you see him!  Bigger than a groundhog by a good bit.  This was the first one I had seen, I was not sure what it was until I got back home and researched it based on the photo.  I have a seen one on a separate outing in Colorado at about 10,000 feet. I think they like high altitude!

Hi Steve,  He was watching us and we were watching him.  I took a lot of shots but this is the one that stood out.

Hi Connie, I'm ready for spring too.  Although we need some rain/snow in a really bad way.  Already concerned about another year of devastating wild fires.

Hi Steve,  Wow I love that these photo are getting some attention and worthy of being featured in your awesome groups!  Thank you, thank you!  I'm honored!

February 05, 2012 11:47 AM
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You say they are lookouts, and this marmot certainly looks very alert. He also looks sleek and well fed. Great shot!

February 05, 2012 12:44 PM
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Great shot. My dad, growing up in Colorado, learned to call these "Whistle Pigs", so that's the name I think of first. I love this guy's expression.

Gretchen

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John,

Congratulations. You have earned a feature in "Majestic Mondays." :)

Steve

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This post is now featured on "Tuesday's Treasures." Congratulations. :)

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February 08, 2012 07:54 PM
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Nice pic John, this is my first New Mexico Marmot. I don't know how big that rock is but he/she looks to be pretty good size and also appears to be posing for his/her picture :-)

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