Lab Mascot: The Groundhog


The Groundhog.

UConn is home to a thriving colony of groundhogs. Groundhogs have many unique auditory behaviors that make them a natural choice for the lab’s mascot.

Visitors to the lab are treated to a large exhibit of groundhog-themed artwork.


Groundhog fun facts!

  • Groundhogs produce an array of vocalizations including purrs, chatters, grunts, and whistles.  Their alarm-like whistle has earned them the nickname whistle pig.
  • The hibernating groundhog has suppressed neural responses to sound  (Katbamna et al., Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 1992).
Read more about groundhogs here