Groundhogs: Underground Architects!

Groundhogs are incredible! We only see the entrances and exits to their burrows, so it’s hard to imagine the complex homes they build underground. A groundhog’s burrow averages about twenty feet in width and five to six feet in depth, but there are records of burrows as large as 66 feet wide. Amazing!

A groundhog burrow isn’t simply a big hole in the ground, either. All groundhog burrows have rooms with individual purposes, like a bathroom for eliminating waste, a pantry for storing food, a nursery for raising young, and a bedroom for sleep. There will also be chambers to turn around and at least two exits. When a groundhog has moved out of a burrow, these intricate structures become ideal dens for other animals!

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