Black-tailed prairie dog

Black-tailed prairie dogs are easy prey for predators like the American badger and the black-footed ferret. In order to survive a predator attack, prairie dogs have adapted to raise alarm for others in the colony when a predator is spotted.

Fast Facts

  • The black-tailed prairie dog gets most of the water it needs from the plants it eats.
  • Black-tailed prairie dogs do not hibernate and in order to survive winter gain excess fat.
  • A group of prairie dogs is either called a colony or town.

Scientific name

Cynomys ludovicianus
Range  North America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Omnivore
Zoo name(s) Squirrel, Chubbs
Zoo location Education building

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