Woodchuck, Description of
Woodchuck, Description of-What kind of an animal is the woodchuck? I read a good deal about it but it is unknown here in Texas.
I am not sure that this animal is found in Texas, anyway it is not found in Texas, anyway it is not likely that the eastern species is, for there are some three or four species. I understand. In the eastern states they are common about the farms, where they dig deep burrows. They live on grass and other vegetable food. The average woodchuck measures about two feet in length and is fat and heavy bodied like the coon, but with shorter legs and a short, thinly furred tail. The hair is coarse and usually of a grizzly gray color, sometimes quite dark, and on other specimens quite red. The under parts are rusty red and the feet are black. Woodchucks, or groundhogs as they are often called in the East, hibernate in winter, and in summer usually remain in the dens during the hot part of the day. They seldom go far from the den, and retreat to it for safety when alarmed. They will sit up on their hind feet at the mouth of the den, like a prairie dog, and when the object that alarmed them comes closer they dive into the den.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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