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Alpine Marmota


Alpine Marmota
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Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 11:13
Viewed: 5566
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Alpine marmots are one of the biggest rodents. Their bodies are plump and sturdy. The fur colour is a mixture of blonde to reddish to dark gray.Body mass changes drastically from season to season. They are specialized for digging, the thumb of marmot has a nail on it while all other digits have claws.
They are herbivorous and spend all spring and summer getting as fat as they can in preparation for winter time. Around October enter their burrow and close the entrance with hay and grass. When hibernating their temperature drops down to 4,5 degrees Celsius and breathing slows to 2 - 3 breathes per minute.
The lifetime of these animals is about max. 20 years in good conditions.
Unfortunatli thisone is from a Zagreb ZOO and you can sea what too much food cane make to animals.

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  • cokke (120)
  • [2005-08-15 23:54]

Many views to the photo and ningun point, this very well the photo, the expression of the animal is of the best thing, congratulations.

What a little fatty! Cute face. Nice POV, good light, but you cut off some of the left foot.

This is a prairie dog, not a marmot. But other than that, this is a very nice photo of an adorable creature.

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