By Samantha Bartram
You know this critter can predict the end of winter, but his hibernation habits and spunky personality may surprise you."This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." -Phil Conners, Groundhog Day
Our friend Marmota Monax - better known as the groundhog - is one of the most legendary rodents in North America. Roaming a swath of territory extending from Alaska to Alabama, the humble groundhog is held responsible each year for predicting the start of spring (or the end of winter, depending on your perspective). Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil is perhaps the most well-known meteorological marmot; each year, on Feb. 2, tens of thousands of people wait patiently for the sleepy ground squirrel to emerge from his burrow and either lament the cloudy day or be startled by his own shadow. The former is said to mean an early spring is imminent, while the latter supposedly signals six more weeks of dreary winter weather.
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