Well, Environmental Club had a good time learning about groundhogs today! Groundhogs are AKA (also known as) woodchucks, whistle pigs, land beavers, marmots, and mouse bears! A friend of mine sent me this link from NWF (National Wildlife Federation) with some really cool facts about these true hibernators!
I learned so much from this website that I did not know before today. For instance, a woodchuck’s body temperature goes from 99-37 degrees Fahrenheit when it hibernates! A human’s normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If our temperature drops below 70 degrees, we would die!
After you go on the NWF website, please post a new fact or two in a comment below. Thanks!
PS. Do groundhogs really eat wood???
Isn’t this baby groundhog the cutest?
You may be asking yourself, what in the world is Groundhog Day? Well, Groundhog Day is a holiday that is celebrated every year on February 2. Wait, instead of me writing it here, you could click here and read about it for yourself!
Some questions for you to answer:
1. What is a groundhog and what is another name for this animal?
2. Where does the famous Punxsutawney Phil groundhog live?
3. What is the legend of the groundhog and its shadow?
4. Do you think the groundhog will see its shadow this February 2nd?