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A Trio of Trouble   by MotherNature

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These baby groundhogs are already eating their way toward the plants we don’t want them to eat. Time to get out the liquid, environmentally safe, very effective spray (don’t want to use the name). Groundhogs (Marmota monax) are found almost everywhere in the USA, including Alaska, and belong to the squirrel family – BIG squirrels. They do climb trees; we’ve watched them.

Here in Pennsylvania we have Punxsutawney Phil who determines on Groundhog Day if we get six more weeks of winter. He’s a likable sort of groundhog, sometimes going by the name of Woodchuck, Whistle Pig, or Grundsow.

This trio of youngsters is ready to be on their own – waiting for Mom to kick them out forcefully, I guess. They will set up territories of their own and live up to six years in the wild. they mainly eat plants and nuts, but will snack on snails and bugs.

I took this picture today (May 15, 2012) in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA.

For additional info on these interesting, if sometimes annoying, critters, go to:

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    You can say that again. They are so cut. Great Shot and a fave.

  • They are so much fun to watch, even when they’re grown, but they think flower gardens are their personal buffet tables! I did discover a totally safe spray that discourages them and the deer so that we do have flowers again:>) Thank you for commenting and giving this image the ’ol FAVE:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolover 2 years ago

    They are so cute…..awesome shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • They are adorable and they always look like they’re ready for trouble:>) Thanks for the nice comment and the fave – I truly appreciate that!

    – MotherNature

  • Lisa McIntyre
    Lisa McIntyreover 2 years ago

    I was just passing through PA today!
    Great shot! Very cute:0)

  • Thank you so very much, Lisa! You chose a good day:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Keala
    Keala11 months ago

    They’re darling! This is adorable! This would work in the 2 for the price of one challenge the Squirrels, Chipmunks and relatives group if you are interested….

  • Thanks:>) Just right for tomorrow – no, not Super Bowl! Groundhog Day!!!

    – MotherNature

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