The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, land beaver or whistlepig, 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.
This gargantuan marmot is worshiped in some parts of the Americas, every year these humans turn to the great whistlepig for guidance. And after digging up all the foundations in town and eating all the apples from the orchards – the mighty and wise land beaver gives his opinion on the impending spring thaw.
They call it “Groundhog Day“.