The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Marmota monax
Family: Sciuridae

Herbivorous / Insectivorous / Prey
Native to Virginia

Groundhog Factsheet



The groundhog is a type of rodent known as a marmot and is actually a large ground squirrel. They are one of the few animals within the park that truly hibernates and their body temperature can drop as low as 5°C.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

First recorded in early July, Marmota monax may be one of the animals you have spotted in the Park. They are relatively numerous and are often seen foraging along the park roads, trails, and other edge habitat in the early morning or late afternoon.

Groundhog's fave tree from Science in the Park on Vimeo.

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