Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) near its mound with colorful background
Least concern conservation status
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusCynomys
Binomial nameCynomys ludovicianus
Black-tailed Prairie Dog range map
Range of species in blue

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog can weigh between 700 to 1400 grams and measure 36 to 43 cm in length. 

This rodent species can be found in the Great Plains of North America. In contrast to the other prairie dog species, the black-tailed prairie dog does not hibernate.

Their fur is tan in color, with the underparts being lighter. The tails present darker tips which give the name to the species.