Did you know
- The groundhog, or woodchuck, is one of 14 species of marmots.
- These rodents gorge themselves all summer to build up reserves of fat.
- After the first frost, they burrow underground and sleep until spring, depending on their stored body fat for nourishment.
- While hibernating, the groundhog's heart rate slows, and its body temperature is not much warmer than the temperature inside its burrow.
- Female groundhogs give birth to a litter of 2 to 9 babies in the spring.
- Baby groundhogs stay with their mother for several months.
- Groundhogs are the largest members of the squirrel family.
- That though they are usually seen on the ground, groundhogs can climb trees and swim.
- Groundhogs are typically found in areas where woodlands meet open spaces, like fields, roads, or streams.
- Groundhogs eat grasses and plants as well as fruits and tree bark.
- The average groundhog lives for only one year.
- GROUNDHOGS CANNOT PREDICT THE WEATHER -- and according to the calendar, we have 6 more weeks of winter!
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