Facts about marmots

Fun facts about marmots
  1. The whistle: In English, groundhogs are also called ‘whistle pigs’ because they ‘whistle’ when they are in danger (to warn other groundhogs)
  2. Physics: Woodchucks usually grow 30-60 cm long and weigh up to 7 kg (some species can grow larger)
  3. Groundhog Day: According to the American tradition ‘Groundhog Day’, held on February 02 every year, “winter will be 6 weeks longer if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day”
  4. Livewise: Groundhogs live both in water and on the ground; they are both good swimmers and able to climb trees
  5. Habitat: Woodchucks live especially in areas where the forest meets open areas such as fields, roads or rivers
  6. Cave systems: Groundhogs live in underground burrow systems that are specially designed to confuse intruding predators
  7. Winter hibernation: Groundhogs hibernate in the winter and therefore spend the whole summer “fattening up” so they have energy reserves for the long winter
  8. Food: Groundhogs eat a wide variety of plants: grasses, berries, flowers, roots, mosses and lichens. They drink very little water; instead, their fluid needs are met by watery plant food
  9. Classification: Groundhogs belong to the squirrel family (Sciuridae) and are the only member that has a twisted spine. Marmots are also the largest members of the squirrel family
  10. Species: There are 15 species of marmot, with the Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) being most common in Europe and the woodchuck (Marmota monax) in North America
Fact: Groundhogs can weigh over 7 kg
Attribution: Dave Ginsberg – Flikcr.com

Fact: In some cases, marmots can grow to over 60 cm long and weigh more than 7 kg!


Facts about woodchucks

  • Names: Woodchucks are called ‘groundhogs’ in English and ‘Marmota monax’ in Latin
  • Distribution: Woodchucks are the most widespread and well-known marmots in North America
  • Size: Living in areas with few predators, woodchucks can grow up to 80 cm long and weigh up to 14 kg
  • Age: In the wild, woodchucks live up to 6 years, with 3-4 years being the average. In captivity, they can live up to 14 years
  • Food: Woodchucks feed primarily on plants, but they can also eat insects, snails, caterpillars and the like.
  • Squirrels: Like squirrels, woodchucks have also been observed sitting up and gnawing on nuts. However, unlike squirrels, woodchucks do not save the nuts for future consumption