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What is the difference between a groundhog and a woodchuck?
They are the same - a common reddish-brown thickset North American marmot which burrows in the ground and hibernates during winter. The term woodchuck got its folk etymology from an Algonquian word and is akin to the Narraganset word ockqutchaun 'woodchuck'. In the Appalachian Mountains, this animal is called the whistle pig. The word groundhog also once meant aardvark. Woodchucks, groundhogs, and whistle pigs have dark meat with a mild flavor and adapt readily to any squirrel or rabbit recipe.