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Groundhog Day Lesson, Page 3

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Groundhog Standing on a Log

How large are groundhogs?

  • The average groundhog is 17 to 26 inches long with its tail and weighs from 4.5 to 9 pounds.

  • Groundhogs gain weight before they go into hibernation for the winter. Hibernation is a deep coma.


Groundhog Kit with Its Mother

What is a baby groundhog called?

  • It is called a kit or a cub.

  • Kits are born in mid-April or May, and they come in litters of 2 to 6 kits.

  • Groundhogs live for 2 to 6 years.


Whistling Groundhog

What is this groundhog doing?

  • It is whistling.

  • Groundhogs whistle to warn other groundhogs about danger.

  • They also whistle in the spring to attract mates.

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