Marmota monax


Common Names: Groundhog,woodchuck, whistlepig, wood-shock, groundpig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Rodents


Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short, 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.

The groundhog prefers open country and the edges of woodland, and is rarely far from a burrow entrance.

Edible Notes: Groundhogs are edible and are reported to taste good.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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