What we call groundhogs, here in Pennsylvania, are often called woodchucks. Which is a name I have heard myself called, probably a couple of thousand times. So I feel a kindred spirit to the furry fellows, even though they're not too friendly...can be downright mean, in fact.
I've wondered why they're called woodchucks...do they really throw wood chunks around?
I've never seen them act like that. Those must be Canadian woodchucks.
"The etymology of the name woodchuck is unrelated to wood or chucking. It stems from an Algonquian (possibly Narragansett) name for the animal, wuchak. The similarity between the words has led to the popular tongue-twister:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood!"- Wikipedia
So now you know...a real woodchuck won't chuck at all. Another myth of the world of wood debunked here today on Go Wood :-)