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Prairie Dogs Are So Amazing!
February 4, 2010

Everything Professor Hoogland learns about prairie dogs can help people save these special creatures and other prairie animals because of their unique habitat.  Remember all the cool stuff from Save the Prairie Dog?

Dr. Hoogland says, “Prairie dogs are fascinating animals that remind me of little people.”

Fun facts about prairie dogs:

  • They look like chubby tree squirrels with short, skinny tails.
  • Adults weigh 1-2 pounds (450-900 grams).
  • They can live 8 years in the wild.
  • They live in family groups that defend a territory.
  • They give alarm calls when they see predators such as coyotes or golden eagles.
  • Their burrows can be as deep as 15 feet, and can extend for as long as 100 feet.
  • Prairie dogs that weigh more live longer and have more babies!  Being heavy as a prairie dog is a very good thing!

Source: Hoogland, John L. The Black-tailed Prairie Dog. Chicago: Chicago University Press 1995.

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