Gunnison’s Prairie Dog

Least concern conservation status
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GennusCynomys
Binomial nameCynomus gunnisoni
Gunnison's Prairie Dog range map
Range of species in blue

The Gunnison’s prairie dog is one of five species of the prairie dog. Gunnison’s prairie dogs are primarily located in the Four Corners region of the United States. Generally, males are bigger than females.

On average, these prairie dogs measure 30 to 37 cm and weigh 0.5 to 1 kg. The fur is yellowish with some blackish hair. The head, cheeks, and eyebrows are darker than the rest of the body.

The main diet of prairie dogs consists of grasses, herbs, and leaves.