Prairie dogs are members of the squirrel family that live in complex burrow systems in the plains of North America. Thousands of prairie dogs can live in one “town”, with each town covering hundreds of acres of land beneath the earth’s surface. Each town is then divided into many coteries, or smaller groups of several females defended by a single male. The towns are located in short-grass prairies, usually avoiding areas with a lot of vegetation or tall grass. They will often even trim the grass surrounding their colony, presumably to increase visibility and aid in protection from predators. When a predator is spotted, prairie dogs use high-pitched barking calls to communicate with one another, warning others of the nearby danger.
Prairie dogs eat grass, leaves and roots surrounding their town. They do not drink because they get all of the water they need from the plants. This is an important adaptation because the prairie can be a very dry place. (source:http://www.conservenature.org)
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