Groundhog Day …..Again!
What kind of prediction will you make for this year’s Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day is February 2nd every year. Groundhog tradition says that if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Every year, everyone here at Suburban Exterminating hopes for an early spring!
Our local groundhog at the Staten Island zoo has an 80% success rate for predicting an early or late spring. Last year, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Staten Island Chuck. In 2009, NYC Mayor Bloomerg was bitten by the same-named groundhog. This year, things will not be as exciting since the animal will be in a plexiglass case.
Groundhogs are rodents like mice and rats. They are active during the day and eat grass and other veggies from your garden. Groundhogs or woodchucks can grow to be over 2 feet long and weigh close to 30 pounds. They are a member of the squirrel family and make their homes or burrow underground. Woodchucks enter their burrow through a entrance that is 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Woodchucks hibernate beginning mid-October and emerge during February. Yes, groundhogs are found on Long Island!
If you are keeping up with the Groundhog Day Festivities at the Staten Island Zoo, Patrick & The Rock-A-Silly Band will be the entertainment. … Again =)