The Black Tailed Prairie Dog

The black tailed prairie dog is a member of the squirrel and out of the 5 species which live in North America; it is the only one which lives in the Great Plains. It has brown fur, large black eyes and a black tipped tail, short legs and claws. It is 12 inches high when it stands upright, can be from 12-15 inches long and weigh a tiny 1-3lbs. In the wild it is known to survive for 3-5 years but for 8 years in captivity. It eats grasses, sedges, forbs, roots and is even known to eat some insects. There was once known to be about 1 billion of these animals but today, their numbers have decreased by 95%. This is because of habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and some exotic diseases.

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