Mammal Hall project forecasted to restore groundhog’s original shadow

Mammal Hall project forecasted to restore groundhog’s original shadow

To scientists, it is known as Marmota monax, or the woodchuck. This medium-sized mammal found from Canada to southern Alabama goes by many common names, including groundhog, hoover pig, whistle pig and marmot. In various parts of Pennsylvania, this ubiquitous herbivore is known as a grundsow. Garden pest or meat for a stew, the groundhog …

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A North American giant : Tracking the disappearance of the Eastern Hellbender

A North American giant : Tracking the disappearance of the Eastern Hellbender

Pennsylvania is home to an eastern North American giant and entirely aquatic salamander known as the Eastern Hellbender, otherwise called the Cryptobranchus alleganiensis. This magnificent creature grows to roughly 2 feet in length while remaining nearly flat as a pancake. Why? These cryptic animals rest by day under the flat rocks found within the cold, …

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