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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Cynomys ludovicianus


Named for their dog-like yip, prairie dogs are in fact rather large, stout, ground-dwelling squirrels. The black-tailed prairie dog is generally tan to pinkish-brown above and whitish to buff coloured below, and is named for the distinctive and diagnostic black tip to its short tail. Coat colour varies slightly with the seasons, with body hair being tipped black in winter but white in summer. The head is round with large black eyes and tiny round ears.


Dry, short-grass prairies, mixed-grass prairies, sagebrush steppe, desert grassland.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

especially like the second photo

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Simply adorable :-)

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日野市 (Hino), Japan

Lat: 35.65, Long: 139.40

Spotted on Jan 31, 2012
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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