Black-tailed prairie dogs are affectionate burrowing dwelling rodents once commonly seen in the grasslands and prairies of the Western United States. They lived in family groups and greet each other by a prairie dog kiss or nuzzle. Their burrows are intricate enginneering feats resulting in a many room structure with listening rooms, bedrooms, food caches, nursery room and toilet rooms.
Prairie Dog Fun Facts
Give Me Five!
These young Black-tailed Prairie Dogs were photographed in Theodore Roosevelt National Park as they playfully tussled. The one on the right was leaping into the air! Black-tailed Prairie Dogs have an average of 3 to 5 babies each year. The babies stay underground for 7 weeks after birth. They open their eyes at 30 days of age. These babies have emerged from the ground and are no longer totally dependent on their parents. They are able to feed on the nearby vegetation. They also like to play!
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