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Black-tailed prairie dogs inhabit the extensive grasslands of North America. Their colonies can comprise of several hundred individuals that are subdivided into smaller social groups living together in a burrow. They use a trick for the air circulation in these underground tunnels: they make one flat tunnel entrance and one conical tunnel entrance. This small height difference creates a flow of air through the burrow, enabling a sufficient supply of oxygen. In the past prairie dogs were renowned for destroying the crops of farmers and therefore hunted extensively. Hence, their numbers and distribution area shrank significantly.

Characteristics

ClassificationOrder: rodents; family: squirrels; There are 5 species of prairie dogs in total.
DietHerbivores: grasses, roots, fruits and vegetables
HabitatGrassland habitats up to elevations of 2,000 m from the Southwest of Canada to the North of Mexico.
ReproductionGestation period: 34 days; 1–8 offspring ; maximum age: 11 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Schwarzschwanz-Präriehund