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Similar in size and appearance to groundhogs and woodchucks, marmots are the largest member of the squirrel family. They live in colonies with numerous individuals and are found primarily in the Western United States. These rodents pester gardeners and farmers with their burrowing and feeding activities.
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Marmots can grow up to 2 feet in length and weigh nearly 12 pounds. Males are larger than females, though both genders have sturdy bodies and short, wide heads. Their coats are varying shades of brown with noticeable patches of yellowish fur on the sides of their necks. In rare instances, marmots appear dark brown or even black. They have short legs, small ears, front claws for digging, and furry tails. The rodents resemble overgrown squirrels.
Herbivorous, marmots subsist off diets of grasses and other vegetation. Some of their favorite foods include berries and other fruits, lichens, mosses, vegetables, flowers, and roots.
Found in forested areas, arid plains, and mountain ranges, marmots are adaptable and survive in a number of climates. They create burrows in which they raise their young, hide from predators, and hibernate. These nests have many tunnels branching off the main passageways and often connect to other burrows in the surrounding area. Unlike prairie dogs and groundhogs, marmots can inhabit areas of high elevation and will burrow into rocky outcrops, which allows them to better observe their surroundings.