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Woodchuck Marmota monax


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Alternate name: Groundhog/Eastern Marmot

Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A grizzled grayish or brown marmot with reddish-brown underparts. Feet are typically blackish brown, but are pinkish in Alaska. Males are larger.

Dimensions 41-67cm, 10-15cm, 3-4kg

Habitat Meadows & fields, Grasslands & prairies, Forests & woodlands

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Alaska

Discussion Widespread and common in meadows and along forest edges. The subspecies M. m. ochracea from northwest Canada and Alaska is reddish cinnamon in color.