Little Dog on the Prairie

Prairie Dogs

Home Sweet Home

"Howdy! My name Pete the Prairie Dog, formally known as Cynomys Leucurus. I live in a small quaint colony of approximately 20 prairie dogs. Within the colony there are groups, much like neighborhoods and from there we all have our own little families. I live with my wife and my 4 pups: Larry, Jerry, Mary, and Carry. They were born in late April. They stay in the bottom of the tunnels to keep them safe from predators."

Prairie dogs live in underground colonies with a main entrance easily spotted by a mound of dirt. Prairie dogs have specialized rooms for rearing their young, sleeping, and defecating. They are a r-selected species and generally only live for 2-6 years. They're main predators are coyotes, badgers, eagles, and ferrets. They are primarily herbivorous but occasionally eat small insects.

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Jump Yips

There is an abnormal phenomena which cause is not quite known. They're called jump yips. It is a form of communication between white tailed prairie dogs. Scientists suggest that it is a warning signal that a predator is near to other prairie dogs in the area.
Prairie Dogs Jump-Yip!

The Wild, WILD West

"Out here on the prairie, you got to learn to fend for yourself. Sometimes things get rough and you got to do what you got to do... to stay alive. My neighbors, the ground squirrels, have been stealing our food and I'm darn-tootin' tired of it. I've got to do what is right for my pups. It all ends tonight."

- Pete the Prairie Dog

White Tailed prairie dogs are kind until double-crossed. Their primary competition for food is the ground squirrel, as they both occupy a similar niche. Both are herbivorous and compete for energy from roots, seeds, various grasses, and flowering plants. A study conducted by John Hoogland of the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Sciences, found that the rodents killed for sport. The white tailed prairie dogs would go on killing sprees, violently murdering nearby ground squirrels who they competed with for food. When comparing the murderous prairie dogs to the innocent prairie dogs, they found an important correlation. The prairie dogs who went on killing spring had longer-living, healthier offspring than those who did not (National Geographic).

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