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Groundhogs & Marmots

The groundhog also known as the woodchuck belongs to the order Rodentia, which includes squirrels, prairie dogs, and chipmunks. Within this diverse group only beavers and porcupines are larger than groundhogs. They are most often brown or rusty-brown in colour, although some individuals may be black.

Commonly found in open, grassy areas, these mammals usually dig their burrows in areas where short-growing plants provide food. Because they are the major hole-digging mammal in eastern North America, they are equipped with sturdy claws and thick, strong legs. Groundhog burrows provide shelter to all sorts of animals, including skunks, raccoons, foxes, rabbits, and snakes.
Groundhog stretching
Groundhog stretching
Groundhog looking for handouts
Groundhog looking for handouts
Groundhog disappointed
Groundhog disappointed
Groundhog getting a drink
Groundhog getting a drink
Groundhog outside his den
Groundhog outside his den
Groundhog smiling
Groundhog smiling
Groundhog begging for food
Groundhog begging for food
Groundhog displaying his claws
Groundhog displaying his claws
Groundhog among the rocks
Groundhog among the rocks
Groundhog posing for the camera
Groundhog posing for the camera
Groundhog striking a different pose
Groundhog striking a different pose
Groundhog peering out of his hole
Groundhog peering out of his hole
Groundhog in spring
Groundhog in spring
Groundhog looking for entrance
Groundhog looking for entrance
Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata)
Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata)
Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata)
Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata)