My Neighbor, Mr. Woodchuck

Happy Friday Neighbor!!!

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How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could
if a woodchuck could chuck wood!

The answer? About 700 pounds. Compared to beavers, groundhogs/woodchucks are not adept at moving timber, although some will chew wood. (At Cornell, woodchucks that gnaw their wooden nest boxes are given scraps of 2-by-4 lumber.) A wildlife biologist once measured the inside volume of a typical woodchuck burrow and estimated that — if wood filled the hole instead of dirt — the industrious animal would have chucked about 700 pounds’ worth.

Cornell University

It is another species that has many common names, however is the same species. The Algonquin Indians of the Midwestern area called them ‘wuchak‘, and the bastardized version became woodchuck. Other areas that didn’t encounter the Algonquins called them ground hogs, perhaps because of their pig-like squeals.

A woodchuck or groundhog is a North American species of marmot, Marmota monax. They like to call the open woods and ravines throughout most of Canada and the NE United States home. Its heavyset body is about 2 feet (60 cm) long and is covered with coarse, brownish fur accented with longer gray hairs. Woodchucks are herbivores that are active during the day.
Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, the build burrows for sleeping, rearing young, and hibernating.

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This little one has many things to eat around here. It will be a huge mulberry year. I see them ripening now. No worries, I’ll share!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

17 thoughts on “My Neighbor, Mr. Woodchuck

    • Not as many folks here are as excited to see him as us. He likes to eat gardens, however had not been in mine.
      The biggest natural enemy this guy has is an automobile! Squish. 😥 But seriously, we have coyotes, fox, and I’d think maybe badgers would fight for the nicely dug tunnel home.

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