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Prairie dogs are small, burrowing members of the squirrel family commonly seen throughout the Western United States. The curious rodents band together in social groups to create extensive underground tunnels with many chambers dedicated to sleeping, nursing, and waste disposal. At the turn of the 20th century, there were ongoing efforts to exterminate prairie dogs that successfully culled over 95 percent of the animals. Today, two species are still considered threatened or endangered, while most other types of prairie dogs have rebounded to become pests yet again.
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Growing an average of 12 inches long and weighing between 1.5 and 3 pounds, prairie dogs are short, squat mammals with stumpy legs and round heads. Their coats are typically tan or light brown, and they have a habit of standing upright to survey the surrounding landscape for signs of danger. Prairie dog communication is made up of high-pitched barks, which some biologists believe to be second in complexity only to human language.
Prairie dogs keep diets that consist largely of grasses, roots, and seeds. They also enjoy prickly pear fruit and flowers. When scavenging for food, prairie dogs typically graze near their personal burrows and do not venture very far.
Wide open grasslands and prairies are favored habitats of the rodents. Since they rely on being able to constantly scan the horizon and sky for danger, prairie dogs tend to avoid areas with dense brush or large amounts of tree cover. Their burrows can become incredibly large, with individual tunnels reaching over 15 feet long and extending more than 6 feet below the surface.