Utah Prairie Dog

Utah prairie dog
OrderRodentia
FamilySciuridae
GenusCynomys
Binomial nameCynomus parvidens
Utah Prairie Dog range map
Range of species in blue

The Utah prairie dog is usually 30 to 36 cm in body length and weighs up to 1400 grams. This member of the squirrel family is native to the central steppes of Utah, in the United States.

The Utah prairie dog has a multicolored fur consisting of black, light brown and dark brown shades. Males are generally bigger than females.

These prairie dogs construct burrows to protect themselves from predators and external temperatures. They are herbivorous animals, but occasionally they can feed on insects.