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Is the prairie dog really a dog?

Prairie Dog

No, despite its name and its barking call, the prairie dog is actually a member of the ground squirrel family.  The prairie dog lives in underground burrows in the western United States. These burrows have so many tunnels that people refer to them as towns.

Hundreds of prairie dog families may live in these towns.  A mound of dirt surrounds the entrance to each burrow.  A prairie dog usually stands guard at the entrance to its burrow.  If it spots danger, the prairie dog barks loudly, and they all scramble to their homes for safety.–Dick Rogers

What is a prairie dog?

Prairie Dog

The prairie dog is not a dog.  It is a member of the ground-squirrel family.

This foot-long squirrel is usually called a prairie dog because it has a shrill bark much like that of a dog.

Prairie dogs live on the prairies of the western part of North America from Canada to Mexico.

A prairie dog builds it home by digging a tunnel which goes almost straight down for a dozen feet or more.  At the bottom of the tunnel it hollows out several rooms for sleeping and for storing food.  At the entrance, for sleeping and for storing food.  At the entrance, the prairie dog make a mound of earth to keep out rain water.Bu

Prairie dogs live in colonies, often called “town.”   Hundreds of families may live in these towns.  The prairie dog stands guard at the entrance to its burrow.  If an enemy approaches, it barks of their homes.  Prairie dogs feed on grass and other vegetation on the dry prairie when they live. – Dick Rogers