The woodchuck is actually known by an array of names such as groundhog, whistle-pig, and land-beaver. Mostly herbivorous, they primarily eat wild grasses and other vegetation, and berries and agricultural crops when available, also eating grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and other small animals.
Woodchucks have their name not because of wood but phonetics. The name woodchuck derives from an Algonquian name taken from the word “wuchak”. Wuchak would describe different animals of similar color and size. The Woodchuck is the largest member of the squirrel family, other members include rats, mice, squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, beavers and porcupines.
Woodchucks are actually ground hogs. The term “woodchuck” acutally has nothing to do with wood or chucking, but comes from the word for the animal, wuchak, which stems from the native language of the Algonquian tribe.
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