Prairie Dog

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Scientific Name
Cynomys ludovicianus


Wild: 3-4 years
Captivity: 8 years

14-17 inches

Average Weight
1.5-3 lbs

Group Name
Town or Colony

Group Size
5 to 1000+

Name of Young

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We Live:
We Are:Common
Prairie dogs are considered common, however they are threatened by loss of habitat due to agriculture and urbanization.

Did you know?

  • Prairie dogs are members of the squirrel family. They live in prairies and grasslands and are well known for their expansive burrows. Different chambers in their burrows serve different purposes such as nurseries for pups, sleeping, and food storage.
  • Prairie dog towns or colonies contain a number of connecting tunnels and chambers. Towns are often made up of several family groups called coteries. The largest prairie dog town was 100 miles by 250 miles and was home to over 400 million.
  • In the wild, prairie dogs only occupy about 2% of their original range. This is due to introduced diseases, loss of habitat due to agriculture, and from extermination when they are viewed as pests. Some regions have placed restrictions in order to help save the few remaining populations.

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