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Groundhog - Marmota monax

A common, larger rodent, hibernates and can be seen only after the last snow has gone and spring arrived. Groundhogs are used to civilization and build their burrows near houses.

Common Names

  • Groundhog (en)
  • Marmota canadiense (es)
  • Marmotte commune (fr)
  • Waldmurmeltier (de)


  • Rodentia
  • Sciuridae
  • Marmota monax

Where & When to Spot

I saw Groundhogs in almost every park around Montreal. Morning and late afternoon, look out for patches of meadows where they like to feed. Although, living close to houses, they will run into the burrow when you get close.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 2 0 0 0
Park Mont-Royal 1 3 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Around Montreal, there are no similar species like Hoary Marmot, Yellow-bellied Marmot or Vancouver Island Marmot, so that identification of this species is simple.


Groundhog (Marmota manox)

Groundhog (Marmota manox)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-24

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f8.0; Iso 560;

Groundhog (Marmota monax)

Groundhog (Marmota monax)

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-08-23

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 280;

Groundhog (Marmota manox)

Groundhog (Marmota manox)

Anyone out there?

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-05-03

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 400;

Groundhog (Marmota manox)

Groundhog (Marmota manox)

I am hungry! Nothing interrupts me right now.

dorval - 2014-07-11

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 215mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 250;

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