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White-tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys leucurus


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White-tailed Prairie Dog
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Family: Sciuridae, Squirrels view all from this family

Description A buff or gray-colored prairie dog with a white tail tip. Has a dark brown spot above the eye and on the cheek. Contact call between individuals is a laughing bark.

Dimensions 350-390mm, 40-70mm, 850-1650g; / 320-370mm, 50-60mm, 705-1050g

Breeding Mothers and young pups occupy burrow systems together. Young born in April-May after 30-day gestation period, and emerge during May-June. Males live apart and defend territories, allowing females entry only during the March-April breeding season.

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Grasslands & prairies, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Discussion Typically hibernates from October to April. Lives in mountain meadows. May venture into semidesert areas in the north of the range.