Groundhog

Groundhog

Image EXIF Data

  • Date Taken: 10 Jul 2014, 17:12:08
  • Camera: NIKON D7000
  • Focal Length: 400
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second

I think groundhogs (Marmota monax) are brilliant! If you’re from North America, these things are relatively unremarkable, apart from their alleged weather-predicting abilities (!); not having anything like this back home, they’re rather more impressive to a Brit.

Groundhogs are essentially enormous squirrels (Sciuridae); Europeans will be familiar with their more extreme relations that live up mountains – the marmots. Groundhogs prefer to live in less harsh conditions (although the winter isn’t exactly balmy in Canada)…

This particular individual was part of a pair that live in amongst the big rocks that make up the lake-shore about half a kilometre east of Oakville Harbour.

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