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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Cynomys ludovicianus


These rodents are mostly tan in color with a belly that is slightly lighter. The tail is tipped in black. Adults are 14-17 inches in length.


Prairie grasslands ranging from the US/Canada border south to Mexico.


I've been trying to get a photo of a prairie dog "barking" for quite a while, but I'd always miss the peak action when the dog has its head tipped upwards as they put as much energy as possible into this particular alarm call. What I found was that they would be most likely to bark when I first showed up. After a minute or so, they'd relax and it was unlikely that any of them would bark. I took this photo and then headed to the Badlands where I found white color phase black-tailed prairie dogs, which I've included in another spotting.

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Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Cutie pie.. :)

Thurd13 9 years ago

Great shot!

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Love it! Well the photo, not the subject :-)

textless 9 years ago

Great pose! :)

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

South Dakota, USA

Spotted on Oct 31, 2011
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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