HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!
Doing the Lyme Challenge
While Punxsutawney Phil is the nation's
Premiere Rodent Meteorologist,
He's not the only one!
Consider these other
(Awarded Honorary Degree
Doctor of Southern Groundology)
Raleigh, North Carolina
(Competes With Wooly Worms,
Geese, Crickets & Cows!)
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
(Known for Biting The Mayor!)
105 Years Celebrating
(You've got to see video!)
Staten Island Zoo
(Five Years After Chuck
Bit Mayor Bloomberg,
Mayor Bill de Blasio
And "She" Died!)
(From The Groundhog Capital!)
(Has His Own Facebook Page!)
(WV State Wildlife Center- Free Event)
(After Katrinia He Lived In
His Own FEMA Trailer)
And they really dig!
A single groundhog can move over
700 pounds of dirt when making a burrow.
Along with vegetation, they also eat grubs,
grasshoppers, insects, snails,
other small animals and bird eggs.
The groundhog (Marmota monax) is one of
14 species of marmots and is closely related to squirrels.
Groundhogs go by several aliases, including
woodchuck, whistle-pig, forest marmot,
and land beaver.
Groundhog Day was adopted in the U.S. in 1887.
Clymer H. Freas was the editor of the local paper
Punxsutawney Spirit at the time.
He began promoting the town’s groundhog
as the official "Groundhog Day meteorologist".
They’re impressive builders!
A groundhog’s burrow can be up to 66 feet long!
It has multiple levels, exits, and rooms.
They even have bathrooms.
Groundhogs generally weigh between
12 and 15 pounds.
When not feeding or burrowing, groundhogs will
stand erect and be on the lookout.
When sensing danger, they emit a
high-pitched squeaky whistle.
Mom groundhogs have one litter per year of
two to six babes, which are called kits or pups.
As “true hibernators", groundhogs go into a dormant state
and can reduce their body temperature to 41F degrees
and slow their hearts to about five beats a minute.
Although they conform to their name by staying
primarily on the ground, groundhogs
are also decent swimmers and can climb trees!
The largest Groundhog Day Celebration is held in
Crowds as large as 40,000 have gathered
to celebrate the holiday since 1886.
Phil, oh Phil, you can come out now!
? 2017 ?
If Phil sees his shadow he will
go back into his "home" and
there will be another 6 weeks of winter!
If he doesn't see his shadow there will be an early spring!
Like other members of the rodent family Sciuridae,
groundhogs have exceedingly dense cerebral bones
and can survive blows to the skull that would
likely be fatal to other mammals of the same size.
While most marmots are gregarious and
love company, groundhogs are loners.
Facts & Information
Thanks to TreeHugger Melissa Breyer &
Wiki for the groundhog facts.