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Mature groundhogs, brown or gray in colouring, are 40 to 50 cm long, head to tail, and usually weigh in the 2¼ to 5½ kg range. They live for the most part grasses and other vegetation but will eat small birds if the opportunity presents itself.

They are burrowing animals and use those structures for sleep, hibernation, and rearing young.

Dangers and Damage

Groundhogs will eat vegetables and garden-grown vegetation making them a nuisance. In addition, extensive burrowing can undermine foundations.


Groundhogs can carry ticks (Lyme disease), fleas, lice, and other parasites.

Groundhogs are vectors for:

  • Rabies
  • Tularemia


Do not approach a groundhog or the entrance to groundhog burrows. Also do not try to seal the entrance and this could provoke the groundhog to aggression. To remove a groundhog, it’s best to call a pest control specialist who can deal with the problem in a humane and efficient manner.

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