Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. These adorable creatures are very social animals, giving each other hugs, kisses, and even touching noses. There are five different species of Prairie dogs including: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs.

Prairie dogs can grow approximately 12-16 inches long and weigh about 1-3 pounds. They are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog’s bark. Interestingly enough a community of Prairie dogs is also known as a “town”.

 

FAST FACTS
SCIENTIFIC NAME CYNOMYS
WHERE IN THE WILD? NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA, MEXICO, AND CANADA
WHAT'S ON THE MENU? HERBIVORES: GRASSES, FLOWERS, ROOTS, AND SEEDS
LIFE EXPECTANCY

MALES: 5 YEARS, FEMALES: 7 YEARS