what is the difference between ground hogs and beavers?

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  • 10 years ago
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    They are both rodents, but they're different species in different families.

    Groundhogs (Marmota monax), also known as woodchucks, belong to the family Sciuridae. They are marmots - a group of large ground squirrels. This is a groundhog:

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    There are two species of beaver, the American beaver (Castor canadensis) and the European beaver (Castor fiber). They belong to the family Castoridae. They are adapted for an aquatic way of life, having webbed feet and large, flat tails. This is a beaver:

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    4 years ago

    Ground hogs live in the East and Prairie Dogs live in the desert

  • 10 years ago

    Woodchucks are big squirrels. Beavers are in a Family all their own: Castoridae. Both belong in the Order Rodentia: gnawing mammals.

  • 10 years ago

    their tails, for starters.

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