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Groundhog Marmota monax

Groundhog Marmota monax

Mammalia > Rodentia > Sciuridae

Names in different Languages

FrenchMarmotte commune
SpanishMarmota canadiense


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.



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2022-04-30Parc Angrignon
2021-08-23Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2019-07-20Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2019-07-14Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2019-06-24Parc Angrignon
2019-05-11Parc Angrignon
2019-05-08Parc Angrignon
2015-08-23Parc Mont-Royal
2015-05-03Parc Mont-Royal

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.