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What Is the Difference Between a Groundhog & Prairie Dog?
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What Is the Difference Between a Groundhog & Prairie Dog?

Maybe it's because their names seem to link them to mammals other than squirrels and chipmunks that causes the confusion. Yet these burrowing rodents are also part of the Sciuridae family.

Discover what woodchucks (another name for groundhogs) share with other marmots and prairie dogs — and their many differences.

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Groundhog D-Day

Groundhog D-Day

Talk about a family feud. In this game squirrels "have declared war" on their groundhog cousins. Protect the marmot! More...

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Miniclip.com
Prairie Dogs: Keystone Species

Prairie Dogs: Keystone Species

Prairie flora and fauna are closely associated with prairie dogs, who plow the soil as they build their towns. Discover more about the role of this industrious keystone species. More...

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SCETV
Can Groundhogs Really Predict Spring?

Can Groundhogs Really Predict Spring?

Legend has it that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Groundhogs are sensitive to weather changes...but do they make good meteorologists? Find out. More...

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Animal Planet
Cute Marmots Waking Up from Hibernation

Cute Marmots Waking Up from Hibernation

Vancouver marmots hibernate more than half the year, using up most of their fat stores. But the process of waking up also takes lots of energy, not to mention a toll on their bodies. More...

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BBC
Himalayan Marmot

Himalayan Marmot

What does it take to live high up in the Himalayas? These marmots have special adaptations to survive the cold and dig unusually deep burrows. More...

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BBC
How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck…

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck…

Two scientists set out to settle this age-old tongue twister. What answer did they arrive at? More...

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scientopia.org
Marmota: Pictures

Marmota: Pictures

There are more than a dozen species of marmots. Check out pictures of the yellow-bellied and Himalayan marmots, as well as woodchucks. More...

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Animal Diversity Web
Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

There's no need for a post office in prairie dog towns. These highly social animals have their own communication system. Find out why they're also "ecological heroes." More...

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Sheppard Software
Prairie Dog Calls

Prairie Dog Calls

Join Julian and Sabrina as they test prairie dog calls to see if they have specific barks for each predator. Find out if a butterfly elicits the same response as a badger. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Prairie Dog Language

Prairie Dog Language

Many humans think of prairie dogs as destructive rodents. But these animals live in very socialized communities with a distinct ability to "talk" to each other. More...

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Animal Planet
Prairie Dogs Sound the Alarm

Prairie Dogs Sound the Alarm

Watch how prairie dogs track a coyote’s every move to warn their community of danger. Join the jump yip fiesta when the coast is clear. More...

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Animal Planet

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