Alpine marmot standing guard

Alpine marmot standing guard

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) standing guard on a rock. This highly social ground-dwelling rodent inhabits mountainous areas of Europe at heights between 800 and 3200 metres. It feeds on young plants, grasses, herbs and grains, along with insects, spiders and worms. Photographed in May, in Grand Paradiso National Park in the Italian Alps.

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