Fun Fact February 4, 2022.

Earlier this week we celebrated Groundhog day and, just like the movie, we’re going to look at it again today.  Well, actually not the day itself, but the animal.  The groundhog, Marmota monax, is a rodent of the family Scuirudae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. The groundhog is a lowland creature of North America; it is found through much of the Eastern US, across Canada and into Alaska. The groundhog is also referred to as a chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk, land beaver, and, among French Canadians in Eastern Canada, siffleux.  Groundhogs are 16 to 25 inches long and weigh between 5 and 14 pounds, generally.  Like a beaver, the teeth of a ground hog grow continuelly so they must chew to wear them down.  Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, using their burrows for sleeping, raising their young and hibernating.  In the wild a groundhog can live up to about six years.  Listen to the podcast here;