Scientific Name: Cynomys ludovicianus

Found In: Canada, Mexico, and United States

Size: Male prairie dogs can weigh from 1 – 3 pounds and females 1.7 – 2.3 pounds.

Diet: Feeds on grasses, herbs and the occasional invertebrate.

Threat Level: Least Concern – Threats include exotic disease, particularly sylvatic plague, and loss of habitat to agriculture and urbanization, habitat fragmentation, control activities by government, private organizations, and individuals via poisoning and shooting.

Facts: Breeding system is harem-polygamous, with most females copulating with one male and males with several females.