Black-tailed Prairie Dog

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is tan in colour and has a lighter coloured tummy and a black tip at the end of its tail.

Adults can weight between 1 and 1.5kg, with a body length of 35 – 42cm. The male is usually heavier than the female and they often stand at approximately 10cm tall.

Their eyes and ears are small, but they have good vision and hearing.

Habitat: These Prairie Dogs are found on the open plains and plateaus of the Great Plains from Montana and southern Saskatchewan to extreme northern Mexico. Unlike some Prairie Dogs, they do not truly hibernate and they can often be seen above ground in the winter.

Population: In captivity, Black-tailed Prairie Dogs are quite common, with some collections having groups of 100 +. In the wild, their habitat has been fragmented and their numbers have greatly reduced.

Lifespan: The average life span of the Black-tailed is 7 to 8 years. Prairie Dogs usually have a gestation period of 34 to 37 days and an average of 3 young.

Fun Facts

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog is actually a rodent!

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