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Woodchucks?

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:37 am
by Gryffindor
Does anyone know of any care sheets and such for woodchucks? They seem like really cool animals from what little I've been able to find so far and I'd love to learn more about them!

I know there are breeders that sell tame babies for about $300 each spring so I'm thinking about getting one at some point. Maybe not next spring but some time in the future :)

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:36 pm
by Trefoil
I've always wanted one too. But don't know much about them, hopefully someone that does will come across your post and answer some of our questions.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:22 pm
by Gryffindor
Thanks, I hope so too! They seem like they'd be more popular considering what neat animals they are and that they don't appear to be hard to breed, and basic care doesn't look difficult either.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:30 pm
by JennLin22
I am interested in getting a woodchuck, also. Here are some pages I've found:
http://petcaretips.net/keep-woodchucks-pets.html
http://guyblm.hubpages.com/hub/groundhogpet
http://askville.amazon.com/feed-groundh ... d=67446845
I've noticed more and more exotics breeders are adding woodchucks to their programs, so I'm betting there will be a lot more information on them in the near future.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:57 pm
by Trefoil
Thanks, I wish someone that had one as a pet would post.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:43 am
by TamanduaGirl
I know someone with a groundhog but no woodchucks.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:01 am
by Ash
What is the difference between a woodchuck, a groundhog, and a marmot? To me, they all look the same and seem to do the exact same things--though that's probably just because I'm uneducated on them. I worked with an old marmot that was really tame for a short while before it passed away. It was really sweet and liked to "chew" gently on your fingers.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:18 am
by Trefoil
I don't know about marmots, but groundhogs and woodchucks are, I believe the same animal. Mary- What can you or your friend tell us about groundhogs?

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:23 am
by minervasden
Ash- All groundhogs are marmots but not all marmots are groundhogs. Most often (but not always) when someone says 'woodchuck' they are using it as a synonym for groundhog. At least in this area.

My father had groundhogs. I won't comment on his care because it was long enough ago that it may be outdated (plus I don't remember exactly) but they are not overly difficult. They can become very tame although some won't want to be handled. Some tame ones will like everyone and some only the owner. My father's were house pets.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:59 pm
by TamanduaGirl
OH so groundhogs and woodchucks are like cougars and pumas, ha. I thought one was smaller than the other or something, oops.

She's adorable. She gets real sleepy in the winter but doesn't hibernate. Though another friend a long time ago said her's did but hers had access to the basement where it was cooler and would go down there to hibernate. She will most likely answer any questions you might have.

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Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:27 pm
by Ash
Aah, it's cute. :mrgreen:

The marmot a friend had would hibernate since she was kept outdoors. It was kind of cool how her enclosure was--they dug down an extra three feet and made a frame out of concrete, and then put a slab of OSB over the top to cover it so it was like a basement. They threw lots (and lots) of hay in there and hay on top. There was also a small little nesting place down in the "basement" too. They said she'd get up and move around every now and again--mostly just to peep out of the "basement" hole, and sometimes when they didn't see her for a while they'd just go poke her to make sure she was still alive, lol. They always offered food and water throughout winter, but they said she did not eat much of it, if any. I'm pretty sure she passed away about two years ago during hibernation. So just got old and went in her sleep. I believe I was told she was around 12 when she passed--but I don't remember.

They have a new one now, but I've only visited it about twice. It's young, and doesn't seem as used to people. A bit shyer than the other.

Thanks, for the clarification! I've always been confused about what to call them "collectively," lol.

Re: Woodchucks?

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:37 pm
by TamanduaGirl
Oh and this is the friend I was originally thinking of but I looked at her personal page and saw nothing about him so thought I was confused and went with the other one. I get confused easily. Groundhogs all over my friend list lol. This is a closer friend though the other lady is nice too.

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