Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

(Cynomys ludovicianus)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
North America: Canada,
USA to Mexico

Diet
Grasses, roots, cacti,
thistles

Status
least concern

Weight
Males up to 1,4 kg
Females up to 1 kg

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 33 to 38 days

Achievable age
up to 10 years

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.

Is it true, that ...?

  • They live in large colonies in underground, widely rami ed tunnel structures which they dig themselves.
  • Once a male o spring is sexually mature, he leaves the group to start his own family.