Canon Rebel T2i
Canon EOS 15-85 mm Lens
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
Taken in Ontario on a quick visit early spring 2011. This fellow had just emerged from his winters den and was more interested in eating then the fact that I was down at his level taking pictures.