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July Afternoon, Cohocton, New York

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, spend much of their lives underground. These stout, sturdy members of the squirrel family are notorious for digging holes, and their burrows can have passageways stretching 40 feet (12 meters) or more. In this scene, two groundhogs are heading out from their burrow under a pine-stump fence to graze on red clover, one of their favorite foods. 

North America map marks diorama site in upper western New York State and current groundhog range in U.S. and Canada.