Groundhog

Appearance

Short powerful limbs, curved thick claws ideal for digging, curved spine, two coats of fur, and a short tail. Can get up to 26 inches long, and up to 31 pounds. Life span is an average of 3 years. They make a sharp, high-pitched whistle noise to warn the colony of threats as they stand on their hind legs to look out for danger.

Habitat

Woodchucks are lowland dwellers, retreating to burrows when threatened, for sleeping, hibernating or rearing young. Burrows typically have complex tunnels and chambers spanning up to 50 feet with 4-5 exit holes. They hibernate from October to March during cooler weather and mate in early spring. Babies are born from April to May. 

Diet

Mostly grasses, grasshoppers and other insects, nuts, and grubs. 

Groundhog
Groundhog
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