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Marmot Monday brings a posing groundhog

My first pictures of one of these little guys this season. I had a great photo trip Saturday that took me to the top of the 14,130-foot-high Mount Evans. The wildlife was abundant and active, including this guy that almost seemed to be auditioning for a photo shoot. It gave me a number of great poses, including this one with a somewhat coy look on its face. Very cute!

Sometimes called a ‘rock chuck’, Yellow-bellied Marmots are actually members of the squirrel family. They are found above 6,500 feet in grassland, meadows and talus fields. Here in Colorado you are most likely to spot them above timberline sunning themselves on rocks.

A Yellow-bellied Marmot poses for pictures near the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Yellow-bellied Marmot poses for pictures near the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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