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Prairie Dog Behavior


Prairie dogs live in large colonies. They are social, diurnal animals, living in complex burrow systems. Prairie dogs dig their own burrows. They are mostly herbivores and eat grasses, seeds, leaves, roots, and flowers. These animals have many predators including wolves, dogs, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and humans. Prairie dogs communicate through smell, touch and sounds. Most prairie dogs hibernate during the winter, except the black-tailed and Mexican prairie dogs.