Friday, April 9, 2010

Whistle-Pigs


Whistle-Pigs, originally uploaded by Hannibals Animals.

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck or whistle-pig, or in some areas as a land-beaver, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Alabama.

I found them at Gebhard Woods State Park in Morris, IL and thought they were so adorable. They chased eachother quite a bit, and it was hard not to laugh! Cute couple!

7 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Hmmm. I have never seen one of these. They are kinda cute though. Nice pic!

Chris said...

Hi,
They are so gorgeous.. Beautiful picture, I love the low angle, it's splendid!

Bird Girl said...

Ma & Pa whistle pig - what a riot! Cute picture! As many hundreds of whistle pigs as we have here in PA...I only ever heard one whistle ONCE. Wow - LOUD!

R. Gabe Davis said...

Oddly enough as cute as these G-Hogs are never approach them. They are vicious. I have seen them attack curious dogs who get to close. I love a cute animal that can be tough when it needs to be. Your pal the Envirocapitalist.

Tami said...

Groundhogs are so comical to watch. My JRT absolutely believes that Groundhogs are the bane of existence. She has the battle scares to show for it.

Willard said...

One of my favorite summer animals and you captured them so well. I used the hunt them relentlessly when I was young, but now use only a camera.

People in our area call them groundhogs, which usually comes out "groun' hawg"/

Eve said...

Very funny. I have heard one scream! I love the name. Beautiful photo Hannibal.