The Groundhog Rodent, also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.
Woodchuck (Groundhog) Animal Facts:
Length: 41.5-66.5 cm
Tail: 10-15.5 cm (4-6 in)
Weight: 3.4-4.1 kg
Social unit: Variable
Status: Least concern
Also called the groundhog, this is one of the largest, strongest ground squirrels. It feeds mainly in the afternoon, often in a loose group with others of its kind, on a variety of seeds, grasses, clovers, fruit, and small animals such as grasshoppers and snails. Despite its size, it is an able climber and swims well. In autumn, it excavates a deeper burrow for its long winter hibernation. During this period it survives on stored body fat, which makes up about 20 per cent of its body weight. In North America, 2 February is Groundhog Day, when the woodchuck supposedly peers from its winter burrow to assess the weather. The woodchuck regularly shows aggressive behaviour to its own kind, especially as males fight for dominance in the spring mating season. It also vigorously defends its burrow by arching its back, jumping, flicking its stiffened tail, and chattering its bared teeth. When frightened, it makes a sharp whistling alarm call.
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