The groundhog – also known as a woodchuck – is a nocturnal, burrowing rodent in the squirrel family Sciuridae. It is found in grasslands and forests of the USA and Canada, and is unusual among marmots for living in lowland areas.
A groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is central to the traditional Groundhog Day celebrations held each year on the 2nd of February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
It’s said that if Phil emerges from his burrow and is unable to see his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter.
Sadly, this year (2021) Phil didn’t see his shadow!
On this page you’ll find groundhog facts, pictures and in-depth information on the species…