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Marmot

Marmot

1. (Science: zoology) Any rodent of the genus Arctomys. The common European marmot (a. Marmotta) is about the size of a rabbit, and inhabits the higher regions of the alps and Pyrenees. The bobac is another European species. The common American species (a. Monax) is the woodchuck.

2. Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus Spermophilus; also, the prairie dog.

(Science: zoology) marmot squirrel, a ground squirrel or spermophile. Prairie marmot. See prairie dog.

Origin: It. Marmotta, marmotto, prob. Fr. L. Mus montanus, or mus montis, lit, mountain mouse or rat. See mountain, and mouse.


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what animal could this be?

Could it have been a Marmota caligata (Hoary Marmot)? http://www.tradebit.com/usr/stock-photos/pub/9002/1158852.jpg without a tail? :wink:

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by Mikey
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:45 am
 
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what animal could this be?

Nope, sorry. Even hauled out my old field guide to the mammals. The closest I could find would have been a hoary marmot that that got hit in the face with a frying pan and then got its tail caught in the door.

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by wbla3335
Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:08 pm
 
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