Woodchuck
  • Home Range: 1/2 to 3/4 acre.
 
  • Food: The woodchuck is almost a complete vegetarian eating less than one percent animal matter. The plant foods consist of leaves, flowers, grasses, clover, alfalfa and certain garden crops.
 
  • Mating: March
 
  • Gestation: 32 days
 
  • Young born: April to May
 
  • Number of young: Average of 5
 
  • Number of litters: 1
 
  • Young independent: Weaned at about four weeks. Family groups break up in midsummer.
 
  • One of the few animals in Iowa that truly hibernate, typically by late October.
 
  • Also known as “Ground Hog” and “Whistle Pig”.