Learn more about groundhogs and what they do with these facts about groundhogs. These facts about groundhogs will help children learn more about the creatures that we see burrowing through the dirt.
We’ve shared some fun Groundhog Day activities and to go along that, we wanted to teach the kids a little more about groundhogs.
Facts on Groundhogs
These facts about groundhogs make the perfect addition to your Groundhog Day celebrations as the kids learn more about Punxsutawney Phil.
A few fun facts on groundhogs that kids will learn with this worksheet:
- The scientific name for groundhog is Marmota monax.
- They are solitary animals that are part of the squirrel family.
Groundhogs Like to Burrow
Groundhogs have sharp claws that help them burrow into the ground and move through the dirt. Those burrows can be up to 66 feet long and are used for storing food, hibernating, and nesting.
Usually, in the month of October they go into hibernation and don’t emerge until late winter/early spring.
They Swim and Climb Very Well
They are skilled climbers and swimmers which helps them get away from their predators.
Groundhogs Like to Live on Their Own
Groundhogs are mostly solitary animals and like to go out and burrow and do things on their own. When they seek out other groundhogs, it is usually to mate.
Even though they live a solitary life, they do communicate with one another by using high-pitched cries. Those high pitched noises they make are meant to help warn each other of approaching threats.
Groundhog Activity Worksheet
Other fun groundhog activities: