North Central Ohio Varmint Express

Ohio's premier groundhog hunting guide service.

Topic: Woodchuck

Pronunciation: 'wüd-chuk'

Definition: Groundhogs are a grizzled thickset marmot (Marmota monax) chiefly of Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern United States.

The woodchuck is a wide bodied, burrowing rodent measuring 18 to 30 inches from nose to the tip of the tail and weighing from 5 to 20 pounds.

Habitat: Various species of groundhogs are found among rockslides and in open woods or fields where they dig extensive burrows.  Woodchuck burrows are usually 4 to 6 feet deep and can be as long as 45 feet.

Aliases: groundhog, marmot, whistle-pig, pig, chuck