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                                                                                   GROUNDHOG

                                                                                   Many people earn they see a groundhog they think of "Punxsutawney                                                                                           Phil", the adorable friendly animal that tells us on Groundhog Day, if there                                                                                    will be 6 more weeks of winter. This vision is far from the truth. The                                                                                                groundhog is a very large, destructive and aggressive when threathened                                                                                        rodent. They will destroy the vegetation in your gardens, make holes in                                                                                          your yard and because they see anything and everything as a predator,                                                                                         they may attack if someone gets too close or if cornered.  

       

                                                                                   The groundhog (Marmota monax) is part of a group of large ground                                                                                               squirrels known as marmots within the family Sciuridae (squirrels). It is                                                                                          known by many names. Woodchuck is the most familiar, but other names  for the large rodent include Canada marmot, chuck, groundpig, monax, moonack, red monk, thickwood badger, weenusk, whistlepig, whistler, woodshock and wuchak.

 

 

The adult groundhog will average 26 inches in length and 9-15 pounds in weight, but can reach weights of more than 30  pounds in areas of abundant food, particularly alfalfa. They construct burrows in the ground and use these burrows to escape predators and other threats, for sleeping and for hibernating. Burrows can extend up to 66 feet and up to 5 feet below the surface. It has been documented that a single groundhog excavated an average of 384 pounds soil and stone.

A burrow has 2-5 entrances and several chambers, including a nesting chamber for birthing and rearing babies, an excrement chamber and a hibernation chamber. It’s not uncommon for a groundhog to have multiple burrows that are not connected to each other. 

The groundhog is a herbivore, eating vegetation, fruits, berries, and tree bark and twigs almost exclusively.

They eat about a third of their weight every day and can do a lot of damage in gardens, to residential landscapes and agricultural fields. They will increase their consumption during the late summer and into the  fall in preparation for hibernation.

Most people believe that groundhogs are limited to plants and food materials on the lower ground levels. On the contrary, groundhogs are strong climbers and able swimmers. They will use these skills without hesitation to peruse the neighborhood, get to food and evade predators.

As with most rodents the groundhog's teeth never stop growing. They will grow at a rate of about 1/16 of an inch per week. It is vital to their survival to ware down their teeth by chewing, otherwise the teeth may pierce through their own jaws and skulls.

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