Prairie dogs (cynomys ludovicianus) are the most social members of the squirrel family
and are closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. Prairie dogs are extremely
smart and even have a complex language, with dialects unique to each of the five species.
In 1900 an estimated five billion prairie dogs lived in North America.
Unfortunately, many ranchers over the years came to view prairie dogs as pests that compete
with their livestock for food. Since then the prairie dog population has been reduced by 98 percent.
Different wildlife conservation groups have long been working to help reestablish the once-flourishing
prairie dog populations across North America.
Listen to the sound of a prairie dog!
Watch a prairie dog, up close and personal, by clicking the Play button below!
Here's a YouTube video about Prairie Dog language! Click the Play button below!
Prairie Dog Facts
Type: Mammal Diet: Herbivore Average lifespan: 3 to 4 years Size: Head and body, 12 to 15 in Weight: 2 to 4 lbs (1 to 2 kg)