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The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, or in some areas as a land-beaver, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Alabama

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. Unlike other sciurids, the groundhog’s spine is curved, more like that of a mole, and the tail is comparably shorter as well – only about one-fourth of body length. 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.


Nikon D300 1/250
Focal length 500mm

Comments

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Kate, well done

  • Thanks very much Kelvin, I just happened to look out of my study window and he was having a blast:))

    – Kate Adams

  • JDL15
    JDL15about 4 years ago
    gr8 natural capture well spotted/ and composed
  • Thank you very much John, very much appreciated:))

    – Kate Adams

  • Janone
    Janoneabout 4 years ago

    Lovely picture of this Marmot, Katie.
    Great to read your interested note about it.
    It sure is a big one. the marmots we knows here are about 6 inches long.
    Best wishes from Jan

  • Thanks so much Jan, my tree was full of apples but with the deer and other creatures feeding, there isn’t much left:)) xxx

    – Kate Adams

  • rasim1
    rasim1about 4 years ago

    Superb shot.

  • Thank you very much Rasim, quite a cute little animal:))

    – Kate Adams

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Delightful capture!

  • Thank you so much Gena for both the lovely comments and fave:))

    – Kate Adams

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4about 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Kate!! Looks like this one is stocking one and eating one.

  • Thanks so much Mike, he comes everyday and I have to say he is getting pretty fat:))

    – Kate Adams

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 4 years ago

    oh my goodness .. looks like he/she has some attitude!
    great capture Kate and information.

  • Hi Wendy thank you so much, he/she does have a alot of attitude, even when I approach he just holds the apple even tighter lol:))

    – Kate Adams

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, Kate!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ Our temperature was close to 90 degrees yesterday…..not much signs of fall or winter here yet in my corner of the world!!!

  • Thank you very much Cee, it has rained here for the last two days and turned quite cold, can’t believe we were 96 degrees last week and 54 degrees today but that’s Ohio :))

    – Kate Adams

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    lovely capture Kate

  • Hi Robert! thank you so much:))

    – Kate Adams

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture of this little fella!

  • Thanks so much for the great comments:))

    – Kate Adams

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