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Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
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Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)

Description: Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) are large, yellow-gray ground squirrels with a short, black-tipped tail. The head and body are about 11-13 inches long, and the tail is another 3-4 inches. The ears are small, and the belly is light or white.

Taxonomy: Class Mammalia (mammals); Order Rodentia (rodents); Family Sciuridae (squirrels).

Technical Description:

Breeding: Three to five (8) pups born in the springs.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black tip on tail

Diet: grasses, forbs.

Range: Historic range was throughout the western Great Plains from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains east into the western Dakotas and western Oklahoma. More restricted now due to poisoning and habitat loss. Historically occupied habitat is estimated to be about 100 million acres; current estimates are only 2 million acres.

Where to Find: Don't look for this species around Las Vegas, rather, look for them on trips to the east side of the Rocky Mountains.

Comments:

Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) If you were a tasty forb or a little flower, this might be the last face you ever see!
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Notice the grass is mowed down in the prairie dog town
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Adults and juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog juvenile
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Canadian River, Texas

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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