Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Cynomys ludovicianus
Range: Narrow patch of prairie from Central Texas north to just over the United States border with Canada
Habitat: Open plains and plateaus.
Diet: Herbs, grasses, and an occasional insect.  At the zoo they eat hay, monkey biscuits, apples, carrots, and lettuce.
Fun Facts:
  • Prairie dogs are found in large colonies, or towns, that can cover many acres. Towns are generally divided into wards, the boundaries of which are determined by topographic and vegetative features. Each ward consists of several cotories, which are discrete social units containing an average of 9 individuals.
  • The center of town is the safest and is occupied by the breeding pairs; the young and old are pushing outward.
  • The life span is about 8 years.

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