Me, day before my new diet starts 🤣:

Black-tailed Prairie dog at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum, one of the many cute and entertaining residents of the park. ❤️

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Nowhere else can you see this sight: black-tailed prairie dogs in an Arizona grassland. Once numerous over their small range in this state, now they’re completely gone. Black-tailed prairie dogs (one of five prairie dog species) still live elsewhere in the western United States and in Mexico.

Prairie dogs are grassland squirrels. They eat vegetation, mostly grass, which is 70 – 90% of their diet.

Black-tailed prairie dogs do not hibernate, but may stay underground in bad weather. Prairie dog predators are eagles, hawks, bobcats, rattlesnakes, coyotes, badgers (and at one time, the black-footed ferret, which specialized in prairie dogs and is also now gone from Arizona).

(Desert Museum website)

26 Comments Add yours

  1. So cute!
    Can’t help but wonder why they are called dogs… :o:

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    1. Well, good question! A quick internet search says: Prairie dogs are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog’s bark. 😊 Now we know!

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      1. lol I was about to google that, so thanks for saving me the trouble. Fascinating! 🙂

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  2. Cute little one!!

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    1. Thank you, Nora! 😊

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  3. Ingrid says:

    Prairie Dogs are so entertaining. Loved visiting the Desert Sonora Museum a few years ago. Need to go back someday.

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    1. We purchased annual passes, so I’m trying to get out there more often. It is very good for the soul! And the animals are cute 🥰

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  4. Prior... says:

    Hi / sad that they are gone in certain areas! And cute image – with your humor about the day before a diet – hahaha

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    1. Thank you! They are very entertaining!

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  5. aussiebirder says:

    Interesting little critters Lisa, but not a lot like dogs.

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    1. I looked it up, they were named “dog” because of the noises they make, sounding like a dog. Because you are correct, they are not like dogs!

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  6. That looked like one that was prepping for winter, just look at that belly…or maybe pregnant? 🤔😉

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    1. Well, the ladies in the gift shop told me they took away the other prairie dogs because they got too fat! I’m thinking this one is on the same track if he isn’t careful! 🤣

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      1. I agree, that one was well on the way to extra chubby!

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  7. Terry says:

    Great photos and info,Lisa! I especially love the first photo with the mouthful of grass. Fantastic capture!

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    1. Thank you, Terry! He was making us all laugh with his antics! Like he was going to run out of snacks!

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  8. Nancy says:

    What a cutie!

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  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Haha! Your title made me laugh, Lisa. Great shots of these entertaining and busy fellows.

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    1. Thank you, Jane! I was surprised how well they turned out through the plexiglass. I laughed myself when I looked at the photos! 😆

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  10. Toonsarah says:

    Great photos and very cute – and I loved your title 😂

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    1. I started tracking my food last week, I could relate to the little fella!

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  11. Naomi says:

    You caught a cute pose!

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    1. Thank you! He just makes me laugh! 😊


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