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Prairie Marmot

Cynomys ludivicianus

The black-tailed prairie marmot is also known as the prairie dog. It is a rodent and closely related to ground squirrels and chipmunks.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Head-body length - 28-33cm, Tail length – 7 - 11.5cm
Weight: 0.7-1.4kg

habitat

Habitat

Black-tailed prairie marmots live on the grassy plains of North America in large networks of underground tunnels called ‘towns’.

diet

Diet

Prairie marmots are herbivores feeding mainly on grasses and other plants. They are diurnal – meaning active during the day.

behaviour

Breeding

In early summer of each year, the female gives birth to a litter of around 4 pups. Their eyes open at 1 month old and they are fully weaned (can feed themselves) by 7 weeks.

threat

Conservation

Although they are not classed as endangered, the population is currently decreasing, due to disease, habitat loss and control by humans.

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