Zoo zone

January 23, 2002

Diggin' Dogs

Prairie dogs are not dogs at all! They are a member of the squirrel family. Prairie dogs earned their name because of the high-pitched barking calls used in prairie dog communication. Prairie dogs live in "towns" that are a network of tunnels and burrows underground. Some of these tunnels reach depths of 16 feet!

what's for DINNER?

Green grasses, seeds and insects.


1. Prairie dogs only weigh 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.

2. Prairie dogs are considered endangered due to loss of habitat.

3. Some prairie dog towns can reach the size of five city blocks!

do you KNOW?

How many prairie dog pups are in a litter?

Answer: The size of prairie dog litters range from one to six pups.

learn MORE!

Visit the prairie dogs at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read Prairie Dogs by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.

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