Fun Groundhog Facts and Groundhog Day Facts for Kids

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  • Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or whistle-pigs.

  • They are rodents and are the largest animal in the squirrel family.

  • Groundhogs live in the Eastern part of North America.

  • Groundhogs live near fence lines, vegetable farms, corn fields or fruit orchards.

  • They are omnivores, meaning they eat meat and plants but, they mostly eat plants.

  • Groundhogs eat grasses, berries, vegetables, grasshoppers, insects and snails.

  • Groundhogs hibernate, meaning they spend their winters sleeping.  They hibernate from October to late March.

  • Groundhogs prepare for hibernation by putting on weight.  Then they live off the stored fat until they come out of hibernation.

  • Groundhogs are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

  • Groundhogs have a curved spine.

  • They can live up to 6 years old.

  • They are between 16 inches and 26 inches long with a 6 inch tail.

  • Groundhogs weigh between 9-15 pounds.

  • Groundhogs are burrowers. A burrow is a small tunnel or hole dug by a small animal.

  • They can move over 700 pounds of dirt digging one burrow or den!

  • They use their burrows or dens for sleeping, caring for babies and hibernation.

  • Groundhog burrows have between 2-5 entrances and can be 5 ft below the ground.

  • Groundhogs can swim and are excellent tree climbers.

  • They sometimes climb trees to get fruit.

  • Farmers do not like groundhogs because they eat their crop.

  • Groundhogs have a littler of 4-9 babies.

  • A baby groundhog is called a kit or cub.

  • Babies are born hairless, helpless and blind.

  • They open their eyes for the first time when they are around 4 weeks old.

  • They are born in the den and do not leave until they are 6-7 weeks old.

  • Predators are fox, raccoons, coyotes and farm dogs.

Groundhog Day Facts

  • Groundhogs are famous for predicting Spring.

  • Groundhog Day is on February 2nd.

  • According to legend, if the groundhog comes out of his burrow on February 2nd and does not see his shadow then, Spring will come early.

  • If the groundhog sees a shadow, then it goes back into its burrow and Winter will last 6 more weeks.

  • The largest Groundhog Day Celebration is held in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.

  • People have been gathering in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania to celebrate Groundhogs Day since the late 1800s.

  • The famous groundhog who predicts the weather in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania is Punxsutawney Phil.

  • How often is the groundhog right with predicting Spring?  Many people argue that answer. Some say he is between 75%-90% correct other say 35%.