Saturday, May 28, 2011

Camera Critters #164

Having seen a lot of rockchucks around here, I figured someday I’d see a cousin of our local marmot, the woodchuck.  Also known as a groundhog, or Marmota monax, I was surprised when, while sitting in my mother’s living room in Braidwood, Illinois, a large, gray, lumbering critter came waddling out of a wooded area and started munching on some weeds.

I asked, “Is that a woodchuck?”  After a quick look, mom said, “It’s the local groundhog.  He comes out now and then to eat.”

So I picked up my camera and snapped off a few shots.  I guess my movement scared him, as he quickly darted back into cover and disappeared.


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Misty Dawn said...

Back in Ohio, people specifically hunted these critters. They were a terrible nuisance to the farmers... even if they are cute ;-)

Dianne said...

I love that he's referred to as the local groundhog
great shot

Snap said...

look at those teeth! cool *local groundhog*!! Happy Critter Day!

Dave said...

Great shot, caught in the act of stripping those leaves.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Kinda scary...I know, I know, I'm a wuss. But are they rabid? LOLOLOL

My Critter blog this week is a photo of a laughing gull, AND I added a touching dog video -1.5 minutes long- of a dog that was blown away in a tornado only to CRAWL home 2 weeks later. It's a must see...the stamina and determination of animals.

Have a great weekend.

Here's my link to Camera Critters.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot.
mine is here :

Kay L. Davies said...

"The local groundhog" — wonderful! We have a local rabbit. And there are lots of small gophers (actually ground squirrels) starting to pop their curious little heads up from underground burrows.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

eileeninmd said...

Great host, I have a groundhog fanily living uder my shed. They can eat every plant in our yard.

Gary said...

Great catch!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Becca said...

It's pretty cute :)