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Common Name: Woodchuck or Groundhog




Scientific Name:
Marmota monax  

Prefers the forest edge to deep woods or open grasslands.

Mostly herbivorous—grasses, herbaceous plants, grains, and garden vegetables.

Interesting Facts:
The woodchuck is the largest member of the squirrel family. It builds an extensive burrow system that, once abandoned, provides refuge for many other mammals. This is probably our best-known hibernating mammal.

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