Woodchucks are also called groundhogs, whistle-pigs or land beavers. They are known for their digging - sometimes digging 40 feet into the earth where they spend the winter in hibernation. Woodchucks are typically 16 - 26 inches long and up to about 9 lbs.. They have powerful claws, short legs and a flattened head.
When a woodchuck is frightened the short bushy hairs on their tail stand straight up - making it look alot like a hair brush. Sometimes a squeal or whistle will warn their colony of a predator (earning the name whistle-pig) and other sounds are typical like a low bark or grinding of their incisor teeth
Woodchucks are very good swimmers and can climb trees, too. They eat wild grasses, grub, insects and other small animals - and they are able to stay hydrated by eating leafy plants (instead of drinking from a natural water source).
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Centered around woodburning and various crafting adventures. My fondness for fancy lettering and folksy subjects is what brings me into the workshop! I'm completely fascinated with the wood burning process and continue to experiment with textures and techniques. My admiration for wild animals (and my desire to pickup a paint brush) is realized in the creek rocks that are painted to look like creatures. I'm supported by a loving family and my Dear Husband, Jody.