What Do Groundhogs Eat?

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are more than just adorable critters.

These herbivores play an important role in our ecosystem, from aerating  soil to providing food for predators like foxes and hawks.

Groundhogs are part of the squirrel family and are known for their stout bodies and strong digging abilities.


They typically weigh around 5-10 pounds and can grow up to two feet long, including their bushy tails.


Groundhogs also have sharp claws and teeth, which they use for digging burrows and defending themselves against predators.


Balanced Diet

A balanced diet that includes a variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables is crucial for their survival.

- Grasses and Forbs - Fruits and Berries - Vegetables and Crops

Primary Foods

– Bark: Oak, hickory, maple – Twigs: Redbud, dogwood, sumac – Insects: Snails, slugs, beetles

Secondary Foods

Additionally, having access to different types of food can help prevent  boredom and keep them mentally stimulated. A groundhog with a varied  diet is a happy groundhog!

How to stay happy

While it might sound gross, this behavior is beneficial to their health.  By consuming their feces, groundhogs can extract additional nutrients  from their food.

Surprising fact

Beetles, Grasshoppers Caterpillars, Crickets Snails and Slugs, Frogs and Toads, Mice and Other Small Mammals, Birds and Eggs, Snakes

Yummy Insects

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