A detailed guide to identify insect and rodents

Groundhogs

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Сan baby and adults groundhogs climb trees?

How to identify groundhogs:

     Groundhogs form a distinct group of 14 or 15 species (the status of the forest-steppe marmot as a separate species is under discussion), within the squirrel family. These are relatively large, weighing several kilograms, animals that live in open landscapes, in burrows built independently. The ancestral home of marmots is North America, from where they spread through Beringia to Asia, and further to Europe. Usually has a small tail. They breed once a year, the breeding season begins soon after awakening and mating takes place in burrows even before the marmots come to the surface. Moreover, only 13-80% of females participate in mating. ... The female brings 1-3 to 4-5 baby woodchuck and feeds them with milk for about 50 days.