Saturday, February 2, 2013


On Groundhog's Day everyone is watching for a groundhog in Pennsylvania to see, or not see, his shadow and predict the onset of spring. Here in New England we won't be seeing groundhogs for a little while longer. Groundhogs, or woodchucks, are one of the handful of true hibernating mammals in Massachusetts.

Around Valentine's Day, these vegetarians will begin to emerge from their winter dens. They will begin looking for a mate right away and in the spring, the females will usually have a litter of 4-6 pups.

photo from National Geographic.

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