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Gunnison's Prairie Dog Cynomys gunnisoni


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Gunnison's Prairie Dog
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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description Has a gray tail tip with a white border. Head and back are sandy-colored, belly is white.

Dimensions 320-390mm, 40-60mm, 460-1300g; / 310-340mm, 50-60mm, 465-750g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Grasslands & prairies

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Discussion Smallest and least specialized of the prairie dogs, it lives in colonies that are smaller than other prairie dogs, with less modified mounds and more vegetation between holes. Ground-squirrel like in appearance and behavior, with a contact call between individuals that is a raspy chatter. Hibernates from October or November until March or April. Lives in montane valleys and high plateaus in the southern Rockies.