Wolf Run Studio - Wild Animals
Bill Harrah
Wolf Run Studio
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WOODCHUCKS (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
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Pioneers called the woodchuck a “whistle-pig” because of the loud whistling sound it makes when alarmed. The woodchuck, or groundhog, is really a large ground-dwelling member of the squirrel family. Woodchucks measure between 18 and 27 inches in length and, depending on the time of year, weight from six to 15 pounds. Active in the daytime for most of the year, woodchucks hibernate in a burrow during winter.

Woodchucks are well equipped for excavating tunnels and dens. When burrowing, chucks loosen dirt with their powerful front feet and kick it backward with their hindfeet. Their rounded outer ears fold over the ear openings to keep dirt out. And they can easily cut through roots with their incisors.

During winter hibernation, a woodchuck will lose between one-third and one-half of its stored-up autumn weight. As soon as green plants are plentiful in spring though, chucks will begin to gain weight again in preparation for the next winter.

Woodchucks love to eat fresh greens, dining on such delicacies as alfalfa, clover, berries and garden vegetables. Occasionally they will eat insects such as grasshoppers or June bugs.

Throughout the United States, Groundhog Day is observed on February 2. According to legend that originated with German immigrant farmers in colonial times, “groundhogs” emerge from their dens on that day to prophesy the duration of winter.

Text © 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah.

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