Wiarton Willy In Canada the name of the groundhog that is used to predict the length of winter is Wiarton Willy. Wiarton Willy is a very rare albino groundhog with white hair and pink eyes and can not see very well. The Legend of Wiarton Willy In the deep dark ages of antiquity or there about the ancient rituals of Candlemas were replaced by the celebrations of Williemas. A secret emissary of three wise groundhogs had broken hibernation to bring the glad tidings to the small community of Oliphant.
Hunker down for another six more weeks of winter, says Michigan's official woodchuck, Woody, at Howell Nature Center. Woodchuck Woody wouldn't come out of her makeshift den during a ceremony just after 8 a. Tuesday, Feb. But look at the bright side. Woody's prediction is counter to the forecast of the world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, in Pennsylvania. Phil did not see his shadow, indicating that it's going to be an early spring.
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Characteristics[ edit ] Drawing of typical rodent tooth system: The front surface of the incisors is hard enamel , whereas the rear is softer dentine. The act of chewing wears down the dentine, leaving a sharp, chisel-like edge. The distinguishing feature of the rodents is their pairs of continuously growing, razor-sharp, open-rooted incisors. As the incisors grind against each other, the softer dentine on the rear of the teeth wears away, leaving the sharp enamel edge shaped like the blade of a chisel.