What Do Groundhogs Eat?


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Groundhogs are mainly herbivores, meaning they eat primarily plants. Their diet consists of a variety of plants and plant material, including grass, fruit and bark, and they often prove a nuisance to farmers and gardeners when they help themselves to crops. Occasionally, groundhogs may eat insects or other animal matter.

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What Do Groundhogs Eat?
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Groundhogs eat incessantly during the summertime in order to prepare for hibernation in winter. The extra feeding provides them with a reserve of fat that functions as a energy source during hibernation. In order to facilitate energy conservation, groundhogs have a slower heart rate and lower body temperature while they hibernate.

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