Woodchuck Negative Footprint measures 3.07 x 2.24 inches. Woodchuck Negative Footprint Negative Footprint is made of polyurethane resin in the USA. Species M. Monax

The Woodchuck, Groundhog or M. monax is a rodent of the family Sciuridae. The Woodchuck or Marmota monax, also known as a groundhog, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. The groundhog is also referred to as a chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and, among French Canadians in eastern Canada, siffleux.

The Woodchuck or Marmota monax is the largest sciurid in its geographical range. Adults measure from 16.5 to 27.0 in. in total length including a tail of 3.7 to 7.4 in. Weights of adult Woodchucks fall between 4.4 and 13.9 lb.

Wild predators of adult groundhogs in most of eastern North America include coyotes, badgers, bobcats, and Red Foxes. Many of these predators are successful stealth stalkers so can catch groundhogs by surprise before the large rodents can escape to their burrows.

Large predators such as gray wolf and cougars are likely extirpated in the east, but still may hunt groundhogs on occasion in Canada. Golden eagles also prey on adult groundhogs. The Great Horned also prey upon groundhogs.

Young groundhogs are taken by an American mink. Red-tailed hawks can take groundhogs at least of up to the size of yearling juveniles.

Beyond their large size, groundhogs have several successful anti-predator behaviors, usually retreating to the safety of their burrow which most predators will not attempt to enter. They will be ready to fight off preditors with their sharp claws and large incisors. They can also scale trees to escape a threat.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 3.07 × 2.24 in