Black-tailed prairie dogs are found in the Great Plains of North America from about the United States- Canada border to the USA-Mexico border. They live in underground burrows, marked by many mounds of packed earth at their surface entrances. Black-tailed prairie dogs live in colonies. Colony size may range from fi ve to thousands of individuals Burrows have defi ned nurseries, sleeping quarters, and even toilets. They also feature listening posts near exits, so animals can safely keep tabs on the movements of predators outside. Their communication structure is very complex and advanced.
Prairie dogs are chiefly herbivorous, though they eat some insects. They feed primarily on grasses and small seeds.
Size: 14 – 17 inches length Weight: 2 – 4 lbs Lifespan: 5 – 7 years in the wild.