Research Paper On Prairie Dogs

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Black tailed prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America. They emerge from their burrows in daylight to forage and feed on roots, grasses, and seeds. Their head and body are 12-15 inches tall, and their tail is 3-4 inches tall. Prairie dogs are considered a keystone species because their colonies create islands of habitats that benefit approximately 150 other species. They are a food source for coyotes, black footed-ferrets, eagles, and badgers. The prairie dogs small, scattered colonies occupy 1.2 million acres. They were also eradicated completely from Arizona, but were recently reintroduced to that state in one small area.

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