Taking a Deeper Look Into Groundhog Burrows

If you have ever noticed small holes in the ground around your yard or on someone’s lawn, then there could be a groundhog hiding there. That’s how they got the name groundhog – they live under the ground.

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, dig underground burrows with holes. They hide from predators and hibernate there.

What Do Groundhog Burrows Look Like?

Groundhog burrows often have one main entrance and multiple exits. You can recognize a groundhog burrow as a medium-sized hole and these holes are often under or near trees, fences, or walls. Underneath that hole hides a whole network of tunnels and rooms where the woodchucks hide.

Burrow openings are around 10-12 inches in diameter and have a crescent-like shape mound around the hole. And these burrows can often be around 6 feet deep with multiple connecting tunnels that are 5-6 inches in diameter.

Burrows are generally well-organized. Groundhogs make separate areas for nesting, excreting waste, storage, and sleeping. Come to think of it, groundhogs are oddly reminiscent of humans. I mean, they even have toilets!

Groundhogs Sometimes Have More Than One Home

Yes, you read that right. Groundhogs can afford more homes than the average Joe. They often make two burrows – one for winter, one for summer. The winter burrow is usually in a wooded area where it’s cozier for the little woodchuck and the summer burrows are in grassy fields or hills.

Winter burrows almost always have one entrance and prepare for the three-month-long hibernation. The area for hibernation is lined with grass and the entrance is blocked off with soil throughout winter.

When the mating season begins (which can be as early as February), the groundhog moves back to his summer burrow. Unlike winter burrows, summer burrows have more than one entrance, which can be recognized by the mound of dirt next to them.

Conclusion: Do Groundhogs Live Under Ground?

Groundhogs are clever little underground architects that make very comprehensive burrows. These burrows look a bit like human homes because they have multiple areas for different purposes, like toilets and bedrooms.

Most woodchucks have a summer and a winter burrow that are a bit different. Winter burrows have one entrance that is blocked off during the hibernation period and summer burrows have multiple entrance holes.

You can recognize a groundhog burrow by its entrance. It is 10-12 inches in diameter and they are often near walls, trees, or fences.

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