Prairie Dog

 
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Photo taken at Living Treasures Animal Park located in Lancaster Coounty, Pennsylvania.

Prairie Dogs have a high-pitched, bark-like call. Recent studies suggest that Prairie Dogs possess the most sophisticated of all natural animal languages. They apparently issue different sounds identifying various predators, which include hawks, owls, eagles, ravens, coyotes, badgers, ferrets and snakes. Prairie Dogs can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances. The Prairie Dog has only one defense that works -- raising the alarm and disappearing quickly.

Prairie Dogs are robust rodents, slightly grizzled and fat. They have broad, rounded heads, hairy tails and short legs.

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marysham - May 24, 2008 10:58 PM EDT
Alex R., Jas, Lorraine and Beverly, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. I appreciate it.
talsi - May 15, 2008 03:27 PM EDT
Nice shot and pose of the Prairie dog - good catchlight in his eye.
lorraine - Apr 28, 2008 02:41 PM EDT
An interesting little fellow and great info on them, thanks for sharing.
Jas - Apr 28, 2008 02:00 PM EDT
He looks very proud sitting on the rock. Great description Mary; very interesting to read. I especially like the last paragraph, which I found quite amusing. :) I guess I must have a warped sense of humour? :)
whittler113 - Apr 28, 2008 11:59 AM EDT
I like how you got him to pose for you,great shot.

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