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Woodchuck

Woodchuck
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land-beaver in some areas, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the groundhog is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States as well as Canada. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Georgia. Common predators for groundhogs include wolves, cougars, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, eagles, and dogs. Young groundhogs are often at risk for predation by snakes, which easily enter the burrow. Mostly herbivorous, groundhogs primarily eat wild grasses and other vegetation, including berries and agricultural crops, when available. Groundhogs also eat grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and other small animals, but are not as omnivorous as many other Sciuridae. Like squirrels, they also have been observed sitting up eating nuts such as shagbark hickory, but unlike squirrels, do not bury them for future use. Groundhogs hydrate through eating leafy plants rather than drinking from a water source. Groundhogs are one of the few species that enter into true hibernation, and often build a separate "winter burrow" for this purpose. This burrow is usually in a wooded or brushy area and is dug below the frost line and remains at a stable temperature well above freezing during the winter months. In most areas, groundhogs hibernate from October to March or April, but in more temperate areas, they may hibernate as little as three months. To survive the winter, they are at their maximum weight shortly before entering hibernation. They emerge from hibernation with some remaining body fat to live on until the warmer spring weather produces abundant plant materials for food. Groundhogs are mostly diurnal, and are often active early in the morning or late afternoon. Taken through a car window. No processing or touch-ups.

Shirley Knot, Minty Chewson, Василий Касимовский, Sølvi Solem and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


28 comments - The latest ones
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding shot.
3 years ago.
Constance Lowery
Constance Lowery
this is so cute!
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thank you! This was taken through a car window
3 years ago.
Minty Chewson has replied to Kris W (Formerly kmw…
I hope it wasn't hurt in the process
3 years ago.
Chris Sorge
Chris Sorge
Wonderful capture
3 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Beautiful capture!
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Many thanks!
3 years ago.
Patti Young
Patti Young
Awww, such a cutie! Great shot!
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Those wonderful "hands" !
3 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Love it, perfect expression
3 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
Fantastic capture and colours.
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Beautiful shot my friend. I hope you have a great weekend.
Regards June
3 years ago.
MGN-Marcel
MGN-Marcel
Sweet capture,very nice shot!
3 years ago.
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
It sure is intent on feeding but it isn't exactly slim! Super shot, Kris.
3 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Fantastic capture,excellent composition !!
3 years ago.
Juan
Juan
May you enjoy a fantastic weekend!!
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Wow! Amazing shot!
3 years ago.
Peter
Peter
Masterpiece !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Cute shot!
Lovely image!
3 years ago.
Adler55 Blume
Adler55 Blume
Great shot!
3 years ago.
Poulet Santivasa Anantnitivate
Poulet Santivasa Ana…
Very sweet capture!
3 years ago.
Maria Ismanah
Maria Ismanah
so very lovely!
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thanks to everyone!
3 years ago.
Deborah S-C
Deborah S-C
I love this shot, what a great capture!
3 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
nice !
3 years ago.
Minty Chewson
Minty Chewson
Pure quality
3 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A super shot Kris.

Excellent image, thank you very much for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
16 months ago.