Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys lucovicianus)

  • Social rodent native to the western area of North America
  • Measure about 15 inches (38 cm) in length and weigh about 3 pounds (1.4 kg)
  • Live in communities with other prairie dogs
  • Use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to warn of specific predators
  • Do not hibernate and are diurnal
  • Diet consists of green vegetation and occasional insects
  • Homes are deep burrows which are bedded with leaves and grass
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern


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Capybara  (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

  • The largest rodent in the world and can weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kg)
  • Native to South America
  • Lives in groups of 10-20
  • Eats grasses and aquatic plants
  • Lifespan is about 4 years in the wild
  • Sometimes called “Water Hogs” because of their great swimming ability
  • Can remain underwater for several minutes
  • Conservation Status (IUCN): Least Concern


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