Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Cynomys ludovicianus

They bark in case of danger!

At first glance you can see that the little rodents are related to marmots. But they don’t whistle, they bark to warn their fellow species in case of danger. They owe their name to this doglike sound.


  • Origin

    North America: Canada, USA to Mexico

  • Habitat

    North American prairie

  • Diet

    Grasses, roots, cacti, thistles

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    28 to 35 cm body height

  • Weight

    Female up to 1.000 g
    Male up to 1,400 g

  • Gestation period

    33 to 37 days

  • Achievable age

    up to 10 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Happy families

These rodents live in family groups made up of one male, several females, and their young. The females within a group are often related. Together, these groups form colonies of up to a million individuals.

Did you know?

Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs live in large colonies in underground, widely
ramified tunnel structures which they dig themselves.
Once a male offspring is sexually mature, he leaves the group
to start his own family.

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