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Canon Rebel T21
Canon 15-85mm
Curious Groundhog

This little guy was as curious about me as I was about him so he allowed me to get quite close and thus the nice close shot! Below is some information about this creature.

The groundhog is the largest sciurid in its geographical range, typically measuring 40 to 65 cm (16 to 26 in) long (including a 15 cm (6 in) tail) and weighing 2 to 4 kg (4 to 9 lb). In areas with fewer natural predators and large amounts of alfalfa, groundhogs can grow to 80 cm (30 in) and 14 kg (31 lb). Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short but powerful limbs and curved, thick claws. Suited to their temperate habitat, groundhogs are covered with two coats of fur: a dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive “frosted” appearance.
Groundhogs primarily eat wild grasses and other vegetation, including berries and agricultural crops, when available.3 Groundhogs also eat grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and other small animals,

A motionless individual, alert to danger, will whistle when alarmed to warn other groundhogs

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spring, groundhog, curious

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp12 months ago

    Wonderful work

  • Thanks Larry. He was most obliging about letting me take his photo. :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmith12 months ago

    WOW !,…That`s a great shot,…..I`ve never seen one of these in the wild before.

  • Hi John ! A first for me as well. He was really looking at me and trying to figure out exactly what I was. Good thing the only thing I was SHOOTING WAS A CAMERA .:>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg712 months ago

    Cute little fellow Leslie, and nice capture. Just watch out for their “home entrances”. :)) XO, ♥Ron♥

  • Hi Ron ! Thanks for you comment it is so appreciated. His home was far and he was in and out frequently. I was sure hoping wary before something went wrong for him :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour12 months ago

    What a remarkable shot I’ve only ever heard of these little creatures, and to see one is such so wonderful

  • This is the first time I have ever seen one as well Malcolm and I was so excited to have the opportunity to get to get his picture. Thanks for the comment. Hugs Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fulda11 months ago

    Wow, that is a large groundhog, wonderful capture of our friend Leslie, have a great weekend !

  • Thanks so much for the view and comment Elfie. Take care :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • RickDavis
    RickDavis11 months ago

    Hi Leslie,,,,wonderful photo of the ground hog and nice write-up about it!

    Rick

  • Rick thanks so much for the visit and comment. He was certainly co-operative about letting me take his picture :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • nastruck
    nastruck4 months ago

    NG here I come!!!! LOL

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