Marmota monax is quite the little character — and he’s a lot more than just the inspiration for a Bill Murray classic movie title.
Groundhogs sit up and eat nuts just like squirrels do, but they don’t bury them for later.
Groundhogs are also called woodchucks (that old tongue twister just ran through your mind, didn’t it?) or whistlepigs.
Groundhogs do not drink water. They stay hydrated by eating food plants wet from rain or dew.
Groundhogs prefer hiding in burrows, but are accomplished swimmers and tree climbers when necessary.
Groundhogs live in underground burrows, but often build a separate winter burrow for hibernation. Fancy bougie dogs.
Groundhogs uncovered an archaeological site in Ohio, bringing up bones from Native American people and animals, along with pottery and pieces of stone.
Sorry, I have to. I love this movie.