Contact Us

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Groundhogs

A sure sign of spring is when Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual appearance (Getty Images)

Groundhog Day is this Sunday.  You already know the Groundhog Day story. It’s been going on every February 2 since 1887 in Punxsutawney, Penn., when Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction on whether we’re going to get an early spring.

But what do you know about groundhogs?

• The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.

• Groundhogs are covered with thick gray hair with brown, sometimes red, tips. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs but they can run pretty fast. They have very strong jaws.

• A groundhog eats lots of greens, fruits and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from leaves.

• When a groundhog senses danger — they whistle — almost a shriek. They also whistle in the spring when they’re looking for a mate.

• They’re not bothered by insects, and they’re resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of wild animals. One reason for that is that they’re pretty clean.

• Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate, going into a deep coma where the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops.

• Baby groundhogs are usually born in April or May, and by July they’re able to go out on their own. A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub and there’s usually 4-9 in a litter.

• Groundhogs usually live from six to eight years, but Phil gets a drink of a magical punch every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him seven more years of life.

More From WYRK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wyrk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!