Get to know groundhogs with Kid Scoop

Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Featured, Great Big World, Kid Scoop, Videos, Wildlife Watch | 0 comments

Groundhogs, often called woodchucks, are well-known for their hibernation habits and, of course, the holiday named after them.

Groundhogs, often called woodchucks, are well-known for their hibernation habits and, of course, the holiday named after them.

Today’s edition of Kid Scoop takes a look at hibernation, the energy-conserving deep sleep that many animals do through the winter. Of course the most famous hibernator out there is the groundhog, thanks to the world famous holiday — Groundhogs Day — coming up on Saturday, Feb. 2.

But really, how many of us really know much about groundhogs? In National Geographic’s profile on the critter, we learn that groundhogs are a 13-pound plant eater and the largest member of the squirrel family. Aside from being excellent diggers, they can also swim and have even been known to climb trees.

The scientific name of the groundhog is marmota monax and they are sometimes called woodchucks. They can be found throughout the eastern U.S., most of Canada and into Alaska.

Learn the basics of Groundhog Day. http://youtu.be/5HynP_QFf5o

Check out this groundhog video. http://youtu.be/DwEfhYv6O94

And have you ever wondered how many weather-predicting groundhogs there are? CGP Grey has the answers! http://youtu.be/7-Nl4JFDLOU

Also check out this report from 2012 about how Groundhog Day organizers often face trouble from their furry little mascots.

Primary photo by FurryScalyMan via Flicr.com

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