Groundhogs may be best known for the rather silly annual tradition where they predict the upcoming weather depending on whether they see their shadow or not, but the rodent-like animals have more depth than their purported meteorological skills. Of course, they also have a reputation for being a nuisance to farming and other activities on property they reside by, but here are some fun facts about groundhogs.
Most people are probably unaware of the fact that groundhogs are one of the few species of animals that enter true and full hibernation during the winter months.
Beginning in October and usually lasting until March or April, groundhogs retreat deep below the earth in specially crafted winter burrows to escape the cold.
Their heart rate drops dramatically and they take only one breath every six minutes until it’s warm enough outside to awake from their deep sleep.
Groundhogs Can Swim and Climb
This is a fact that most people certainly wouldn’t expect, given the larger, chubbier nature of groundhogs and the fact that the word “ground” is in their name.
But it begins to make sense when you think of animals which are very closely related to them- great swimmers in beavers and great climbers in squirrels.
Of course, groundhogs prefer to stay on the familiar ground and would likely only resort to such methods if they are escaping danger from a predator.
Groundhogs Can Be Aggressive
While groundhogs aren’t very aggressive toward humans or any other large animals, they can be very territorial and aggressive against members of their same species.
They are very protective of the burrows they build and may fight other groundhogs to establish their dominance.
But they also work together, so that if one groundhog is injured by a predator, it will whistle to let any nearby groundhogs know to retreat into their burrows.
Groundhogs Don’t Drink Water
Like any other animal, groundhogs need water to survive, but unlike most species, they don’t get that water by drinking it.
Instead, they rely on their diet of vegetation and grasses covered in dew to gain their essential hydration.
This does work for groundhogs, but it is quite odd that they don’t simply drink water like most, if not all other animals.
Call Shumaker Animal Control For Your Groundhog Problem
If you think you have a groundhog problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you.
Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.