Groundhog

Woodhuck
Woodhuck
Least concern conservation status
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusMarmota
Binomial nameMarmota Monax
Range map of the groundhog shown in blue

The groundhog is a solitary, diurnal rodent. Their color is grayish brown. It measures from 41 to 68 cm (including the tail) and weighs from 2 to 6.3 kg.

This herbivore eats mainly wild grass, roots, leaves, barks, nuts, flowers, fruit, vegetables, and farming crops. They rarely eat insects like grasshoppers and snails.

Their big front teeth never stop growing and feeding themselves constantly wears them out, keeping them at the correct size. Humans consider the groundhog a pest because it eats voraciously in the warm months of the year.

They hibernate from October to March. They are found in flat, open pieces of land (like low-elevation forests, and grasslands) in the north and east of North America.

They have a lifespan of 6 years in the wild and up to 14 years in captivity.