woodchuck

(Marmota monax)

Conservation Status
woodchuck
Photo by Christa Rittberg
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Head and body: 19¾ to 23½

Tail: 3¾ to 5½

 
     
 

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.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Forest edges and openings, open woodlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

2 to 6 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 29, 30, 76.

Canada woodchuck (M. m. canadensis) is found in north-central and northeast Minnesota.

Rufescent woodchuck (M. m. rufescens) is found in the remainder of the state.

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

 
       
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placental mammals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Euarchontoglires (primates, rodents, and allies)  
  Clade Glires (rodents and rabbits)  
  Order Rodentiia (rodents)  
  Suborder Sciuromorpha (squirrels)  
 

Family

Sciuridae (chipmunks, marmots, squirrels)  
 

Subfamily

Xerinae (ground and African tree squirrels)  
  Tribe Marmotini (holarctic ground squirrels and chipmunks)  
 

Genus

Marmota (marmots)  
  Subgenus Marmota  
       
 

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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Other Videos
 
  Groundhog - Marmota monax - YouTube
JCVdude
 
   
 
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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...

   
  Groundhog (Marmota monax)
TheChannelOfAnimals
 
   
 
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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
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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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?
wgaltv
 
   
 
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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
silverchair48
 
   
 
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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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  WOODCHUCK
5/30/2019

Location: ONAMIA, MINNESOTA

I HAVE A MAMA WOODCHUCK UNDER MY SHED SHE HAD 8 BABIES...I JUST LOVE THEM, THEY ARE DOING EXCEPTIONALLY WELL...MY NEIGHBOR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BAITED AND TRAPPED THEM...THEY WERE NO BOTHER TO HIM...THEY ENDED UP AT THE DNR JUST A BLOCK AWAY...I WENT AND IDENTIFIED THEM..THEY KNOW ME WELL...I CALL THEM HEDGYZ AND THEY KNOW THEIR NAME...I WENT TO THE DNR AND CALLED FOR THEM...ONE CAME OUT OF  HIDING...NOW TONGHT THE MAMA IS BACK...I AM SO HAPPY I HOPE SHE BRINGS THE BABIES BACK...WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS...

 
  Brooklyn Middle School
12/13/2018

Location: Shingle Creek on nonble

   
  Jennifer Shinners
11/28/2017

Location: Eden Prairie

2 in one of our little run off ponds in the backyard.

   
           
 
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