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17 June 2005 @ 05:57 pm
I feel a bit of an idiot. I've been calling that large, squat rodent that forages on my lawn a woodchuck. It occurred to me that I might be mistaken, and that it might, in fact, be a groundhog.

Turns out that groundhogs and woodchucks are the same thing.

On the one hand, that means I was right. On the other hand, it means that I reached this ripe old age without knowing that they were simply different names for the same animal.

They are also, I have found, called whistle-pigs. Just in case any of you were wondering.
I feel: ditzyditzy
Trouble: deerliteraticat on June 17th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
You know what I thought were the same?

Ducks and Geese.

also, Dolphins and Porpoises.

They aren't.

Hey, what am I, a zoologist?
Kel: starmanladyjoust on June 17th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! You just may be the anti-matter [i]me[/i]!
Kelladyjoust on June 17th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I mean, me.

Nimnimue9 on June 17th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
I do that, too. Someone's been on SC/SF/NL to much recently. ~giggle~ About the woodchuck/groundhog, at least now you have informed your loyal readership so that we are now also wiser. You're like...the rodent-confusion guru.
Kelladyjoust on June 17th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
You're like...the rodent-confusion guru.

That needs to go on my resume. (read: reh-zoo-may; I don't know how to make the accent over the 'u')

Bird on a Wing: Teller of Talescaragana_leaves on June 19th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
The accent goes over the e... resumé, though nobody ever actually uses it. It's a friench word, meaning (among other things) "summed up". This is bizzarre, because in French the thing you get a job with is a C.V. or Curriculum Vitale.

Kelladyjoust on June 19th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
I know where the accent goes... what I do not know is how to type it in on the computer. Sorry. I should have been more specific.
Trouble: green eggsliteraticat on June 17th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
oh, and also?
Miranda: Mirmiemirmie on June 17th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
How much wood would a groundhog chuck?
Ratesjul: ratesjulratesjul on June 17th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
A woodchuck would chuck as much would as a woodchuck would chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood.

How much wood would a woodpecker peck?

I was going to reply to say what you said.
Ratesjul: headdeskratesjul on June 17th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
*in which I realise that the previous comment had the wrong "would/wood" somewhere, and that mirmie actually said groundhog and I didn't follow*

Bird on a Wing: Hello!caragana_leaves on June 17th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a groundhog OR a woodchuck, to be perfectly honest. And I had no clue they were the same thing. But Gophers and Ground Squirrels are the same.
Ratesjul: Magic Peter Panratesjul on June 17th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
*has never seen a groundhog/woodchuck (almost wrote wouldchuck) either. Except in the movies.*
*had never seen a squirrel until Central Park, Manhattan*
*hasn't seen a gopher either*
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on June 19th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
*blink* They are? I've seen folks on the wildlife rehab mailing list I was subscribed to refer to ground squirrels and I thought they were talking about chipmunks! :-o Maybe it's used for both?
Bird on a Wing: The Woman in the Red Dresscaragana_leaves on June 19th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
Gophers/Ground squirrels/Prairie dogs are those little tunnell-living thingies from the prairies.

Chipmunks are... well... chipmunks, I guess? Idont know any other name for them.
Kathytoosha on June 17th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
We have one that lives under our shed. Last week I saw that it had a mate and so I walked around the house singing Chuckys in love...
(no subject) - trongersoll on June 17th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jessica Arielliret on June 17th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think it only matters if it starts seeing it's shadow and/or chucking wood.
ptimonyptimony on June 18th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
3 of 'em
Hey Kelly, I have groundhogs too. 3 of em. They climb my peach tree and eat the peaches. I managed to get a picture of the neighbor's shed with all three of their heads pokin' out from under it.

Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on June 19th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: 3 of 'em
Get out of here! You have *climbing* groundhogs?!? I've never seen one climb anything more than a slight incline. I want to see pics of this...
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on June 19th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
They are also, I have found, called whistle-pigs. Just in case any of you were wondering.

I did not know that. I've never caught the one under my back patio whistling Dixie...or any other tune for that matter. I'll have to listen more closely.

I'm not even sure why they are called woodchucks, I've never seen them chucking any wood. Or chewing any wood. Or chucking anything into the woods. Or really, doing anything to wood other than walking on it or marking it with their little chin scent gland.
Kelladyjoust on June 19th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
I have, in fact, seen them chewing on - and then chuckin - bits of wood. Still haven't heard any whistling though.