What Can Groundhogs Do, Besides Predict The Weather? | New Jersey Wildlife Removal
Believe it or not, groundhogs are fascinating creatures. Their purported ability to predict future weather patterns seems dubious, but that does not mean that the groundhog does not possess any real abilities that are worth bragging about. Such impressive abilities include their intricate underground tunnel systems as well as their unique form of hibernation.
Groundhogs have complicated burrowing systems with tunnels, chambers, and several entrances. The main entrance to their underground world is usually located under a tree stump.
One of the most interesting aspects of a groundhog’s life is the way in which it hibernates during the late fall and winter months. Most hibernating animals only go through varying stages of hibernation, and most do not remain unconscious for the entire winter season. However, groundhogs do remain in a state of complete hibernation within their underground burrows for the entirety of the winter. The pulse of a hibernating groundhog can go from one hundred beats a minute to only fifteen beats per minute, thus allowing its metabolism to slow for the long winter rest.
Have you ever spotted a entrance to a groundhog burrow at a tree stump?