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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Marmota
Genus species:Marmota monax

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:40-50 cm
Weight:2.3-4.5 kg
Identification:The woodchuck is yellowish-brown in color and has a paler belly. Its back hairs are frosted, and white surrounds its neck. The feet are dark brown or black.
Habitat:Open woodlands and bushy rocky ravines
Diet:Omnivore: tender succulents, clover, alfalfa, vegetables, snails, insects, and young birds
Reproduction:Two to six young are born during the late spring after a gestation period of 31-32 days. The babies are adult-sized by autumn when they are forced out of the nest by the male. The life expectancy for woodchucks is 15 years.
Woodchucks feed in groups.
Behavior:Woodchucks are diurnal and hibernate from October to February each year.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The deadliest natural enemy to the woodchuck is the red fox. Many are caught and toted back to the den for the cubs to maul.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Eastern Central North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
Woodchuck
Groundhog
Marmots
Sciuridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata