Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs issue different sounds identifying various predators, which include hawks, owls, eagles, ravens, coyotes, badgers, ferrets and snakes.

Prairie dogs live in "towns" which are divided into neighborhoods called "wards." Within these wards are family burrows known as "coteries."

North America

At A Glance


Prairie and grassland


Grasses, sedges, forbs, roots, seeds and insects


Western United States, Canada and Mexico