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Herbivorous / Insectivorous / Prey
Native to Virginia
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.