Happy Groundhog Day!
In honor of this special day, here is a cute video (by Mike Evans) on Groundhogs:
Some fun facts about these cute furry critters:
– Groundhogs are also referred to as marmots, woodchucks, land beavers or a whistling pig for their tendency to emit short, high-pitched whistles.
– Groundhogs are related to squirrels.
– Groundhogs are among the few animals that are true hibernators.
– While hibernating, their body temperature can drop from around 99 degrees to less than 40 degrees.
– Hibernation runs about 150 days. Even though they go without eating during this time, a groundhog will lose no more than a fourth of its body weight.
– A groundhog burrow can be anywhere from 8 to 66 feet long with multiple levels, multiple chambers and exits.
– They are loners, only seeking out their own kind to mate.
– The male groundhogs come out of hibernation in early February to wander around their territories looking for burrows belonging to females. Once they have found a female, they will have a brief visit and head back to their burrow until mating season in early March.
Here’s to hoping Punxsutawney Phil see’s his shadow!