Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Prairie DogPhoto by Al Henry

Scientific Name: Cynomys ludovicianus

The largest prairie dog town ever recorded stretched for 25,096 square miles under the Texas prairie. Nearly 400 million prairie dogs lived in this town.

  • Size: Weight: Average 3 pounds; Height: Average 16.5 inches
  • Diet: Leaves, stems, the occasional insect and the roots of grasses and weeds
  • Habitat: Dry, flat or gently sloping, open grasslands with low, relatively sparse vegetation
  • Range in the Wild: Extreme South Central Canada, through the United States and into Northeastern Mexico

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern. They are widespread with an estimated population to be in the millions.

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