woodchuck

(Marmota monax)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

woodchuck

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and widespread

Habitat

Forest edges and openings, open woodlands

Lifespan

2 to 6 years

Size

Head and body: 19¾ to 23½

Tail: 3¾ to 5½

Photo by Christa Rittberg

Identification

 

 
Sign

The entrance to a woodchuck den is usually 5¼ to 6¼ in diameter but may be larger. There is a mound of dirt outside the hole. If the hole is occupied the dirt on top of the mound will be fresh.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 13, 15, 29.

Canada woodchuck (Marmota monax canadensis) is found in north-central and northeast Minnesota.

Rufescent woodchuck (Marmota monax rufescens) is found in the remainder of the state.

Southern woodchuck (Marmota monax monax) may be found in the counties along the southern border.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Rodentia (rodents)

 

Suborder:

Sciuromorpha (squirrels)

 

Family:

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)

 

Subfamily:

Xerinae (marmots, ground squirrels, African squirrels, and relatives)

 

Tribe:

Marmotini (ground squirrels)

 
Subordinate Taxa

British Columbia woodchuck (Marmota monax petrensis)

Canada woodchuck (Marmota monax canadensis)

Kansas marmot (Marmota monax bunkeri)

Labrador woodchuck (Marmota monax ignava)

New England woodchuck (Marmota monax preblorum)

ochraceous woodchuck (Marmota monax ochracea)

rufescent woodchuck (Marmota monax rufescens)

southern woodchuck (Marmota monax monax) (?)

woodchuck (Marmota monax johnsoni)

woodchuck (Marmota monax melanopus)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

ground hog

woodchuck


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Published on Apr 28, 2013

This year groundhogs or marmots made their appearance fairly early, and after a good winter of sleep they are hungry...

 
     
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Published on Apr 24, 2013

A wild groundhog (Marmota monax) looks for food. This video was recorded on April 6, 2013 in Guilford, Connecticut.

 
     
  Woodchuck (Sciuridae: Marmota monax) Female
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Uploaded on Jun 29, 2010

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (28 June 2010).

 
     
  Wild Moments: How Do Woodchuck's Hibernate?
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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2011

Woodchucks don't really chuck wood. But they do hibernate and they do it a bit differently than you may expect. News 8's Jack Hubley looks at the woodchuck's seemingly contradictory winter lifestyle.

 
     
  Geico Woodchuck Commercial - Really Funny Wood Chucks Chucking Wood
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Uploaded on Nov 7, 2010

I got to admit this one is funny, "God dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood" :) lol

 
     

 

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