Groundhog Marmota monax
Mammalia > Rodentia > Sciuridae
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A common, larger rodent, hibernates and can be seen only after the last snow has gone and spring arrived. Groundhogs are used to civilization and build their burrows near houses.
How to Identify
Around Montreal, there are no similar species like Hoary Marmot, Yellow-bellied Marmot or Vancouver Island Marmot, so that identification of this species is simple.
Where When to Spot
I saw Groundhogs in almost every park around Montreal. Morning and late afternoon, look out for patches of meadows where they like to feed. Although, living close to houses, they will run into the burrow when you get close.
You can watch these videos and many more on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.
|2021-08-23||Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park|
|2019-07-20||Jardin Botanique de Montréal|
|2019-07-14||Jardin Botanique de Montréal|
Last updated on 2023-04-27. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.