Fast Facts: Did u
- Woodchuck and
groundhog are common terms for the same animal
- Scientific name for
the Groundhog is Marmota monax
- All groundhogs have
hibernate one to a burrow, with at least two doorways.
- They feed heavily
in summer, storing fat for winter hibernation
- Groundhogs can lose
50 per cent of their body weight in hibernation. Their maximum size is 10
- .Males emerge
earlier than females each spring.
- They can both swim
and climb trees, and have a top speed of 15 kilometers an hour.
- Groundhogs in the
wild eat green plants, such as dandelion greens, clover, plantain and
- Groundhogs look up
from their feeding on an average of once every 12 seconds
- So how much wood
could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? About 318 kg
- They spend up to
20% of their time sitting erect on their haunches, scanning their
surroundings for approaching predators.
- They are munched on
by a variety of species from foxes, coyotes, cougar and great horned owls,
to domestic dogs.
- Groundhog Day was
once celebrated by ancient Celts. It's halfway between the winter solstice
and spring equinox.
- Farrah Fawcett, Tom
Smothers, James Joyce, Graham Nash, Christie Brinkley and Wiarton Willie's
handler, Sam Brouwer were all born on Groundhog Day.