Category: Rodents

Scientific Name: Marmota monax



Color: Grizzled brown and gray

Size: 40-70 cm long

Region: Found in the Northeast and Central United States

Lifespan: 2-3 years

Important Considerations:

  • Groundhogs are also known as whistle pigs and woodchucks.
  • These large rodents are herbivores that feed on plants such as soybeans, peas, beans, alfalfa, carrot tops, and grass. Their extensive eating can negatively impact gardens, orchards, and farms.
  • Groundhogs burrow and their burrows can cause structural damage to foundations and create dangerous holes.
  • Though they usually don’t encounter humans, groundhogs can carry rabies, fleas, and ticks.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Groundhogs are active during the daytime. They are most often seen sunning themselves during the warmest part of the day. Their burrows are dug 2 to 4 feet underground. They choose to create their burrows in areas such as pastures, fields, woodlots, ditches, and alongside fences or buildings.