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Name Of Prairie dog

Name Prairie dog
Male Name boar
Femle Name sow
Kids/Baby Name pup
Group Name coterie, town
More About Prairie dog

  • Head and Body Length: 11" - 13".
  • Weight: 1.5 - 3 lbs.
  • Prairie dogs breed once a year; under normal conditions this period is in late February or early March.
  • Gestation: 34-37 days.
  • Litter size 1 - 8 (with an average of 3 surviving to emerge above ground).
  • The "pups" wean between 5 - 7 weeks and appear above ground at 6 - 7 weeks. They continue to grow until they are about 15 months old.
  • Longevity: Wild: 3-5 yrs.; Captivity: 8.5 yrs.
  • These ground squirrels have brownish fur and white underparts.
  • They have large eyes, short tails ( white or black tipped ) and small rounded ears.
  • They are rodents.
  • They have strong front teeth and sharp claws for digging.
  • The prairie dog is about the size of a football (30 cm.).
  • The front paws have long claws for digging tunnels.
  • They eat alot to store up fat for winter.
  • They sleep in the winter.
  • Prairie dogs do not need to drink water. They can get all of the water needed from the leafy foods they eat
  • Many predators hunt these rodents including badgers, weasels, ferrets, hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, bobcats and snakes.
  • Prairie dogs feed on leaves, grasses and grass roots, weeds, seeds and other plants (including crops like alfalfa and corn). They also eat grasshoppers, cutworms, bug and beetles.
  • Prairie dogs are most active during the cool hours of daylight.
  • Most of their time is spent eating.
  • They also like to visit and groom each other.
  • Prairie dogs communicate with each other.

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