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The woodchuck is a rodent that is also called the
groundhog or whistle pigs.

Groundhogs are members of the ground squirrel family. They are the largest of all squirrels.
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A groundhog grows up to 17 inches long. It has a tail that is about 5 inches long. This mammal has a stocky body short legs and they weigh 5-15 lbs when mature. The groundhog has a coat of brown-gray or silver gray and the head is dark brown and the feet are black and have sharp claws. The eyes are black and their incisor teeth continue to grow throughout their entire life. Groundhogs or woodchucks are hunted by West Virginia hunter and many animals, including, dogs, coyotes, bobcats, and foxes. Keen eyesight and hearing help warn groundhogs of predators approaching, their best defense is to retreat into their burrows.
Ground Hog
In northern states, these solitary mammals will hibernate in burrows consists of several rooms with sleeping area located at the highest elevation. Deserted groundhog burrows are used by foxes, bobcat, raccoons, gophers, opossum, rats and snakes. They like to feed in the early morning and late afternoon. They eat grass, fruit, eggs, seeds, leaves, flowers, some insects and vegetables.

Where:                Woodchuck or Groundhog Country   
When:                 2004   
Photographer:         Billybob Photo 
Submitted by:         Bobbie Lauren Driskell

                 
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(1) February 2nd is Groundhog Day. In the U.S., this is the day that the groundhog comes out after a long winterís sleep to look for his or her shadow. If the groundhog sees one, itís regarded as an omen that there will be six more weeks of bad weather, so the groundhog returns to the hole. If no shadow is seen, spring will soon appear.
The world-famous weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerges from its burrow February 2nd.! The city Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania northeast of Pittsburgh is noted for its annual observance of Groundhog Day. Some of these city folks in their high-fashioned top hats actually ask a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil to forecast the weather...... Get info about this year's event, at the official site for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. http://www.groundhog.org
Phil's Forecast as 02/02/2013 (An early Spring!)
(2) Groundhogs are members of the ground squirrel family. They are the largest of all squirrels and are commonly known as woodchucks or whistle pigs.
(3 )A groundhog grows up to 17 inches long. It has a tail that is about 5 inches long. This mammal has a stocky body short legs and they weigh 5-15 lbs when mature. The groundhog has a coat of brown-gray or silver gray and the head is dark brown and the feet are black and have sharp claws. The eyes are black and their incisor teeth continue to grow throughout their entire life.
(4) Groundhogs or woodchucks are hunted by West Virginia hunter and many animals, including , dogs, coyotes, bobcats, and foxes. Keen eyesight and hearing help warn groundhogs of predators approaching, their best defense is to retreat into their burrows.
(5) In northern states, these solitary mammals will hibernate in burrows consists of several rooms with sleeping area located at the highest elevation. Deserted groundhog burrows are used by foxes, bobcat, raccoons, gophers, opossum, rats and snakes. They like to feed in the early morning and late afternoon. They eat grass, fruit, eggs, seeds, leaves, flowers, some insects and vegetables.
ground-hog or muskrat

If you've got sharp eyes you'll see this rodent belonging to the family group Muridae but some people are likely to confuse it with another species, which belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

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