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Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus: Sciuridae) A squirrel by any other name is still a squirrel be it a ground-dweller or arboreal. This is the best known of the five species of Prairie Dogs. They range from 35-43 cm (14-17 in) long and weigh 0.91-1.4 kg (2-3 lb) and live 3-5 years. These prairie dogs form large colonies called prairie dog towns and one historical town covered 64,000 km2 (25,000 sq mi) and housed some 400 million prairie dogs. When you find a prairie dog town in Texas you are almost guaranteed to find burrowing owls. Photographed in Plainview, Hale County, Texas, U.S.A. Open mixed grass prairie at an elevation of 1,026 m (3,336 ft) in the High Plains Vegetational Area.
Habitat
Open mixed grass prairie at an elevation of 1,026 m (3,336 ft) in the High Plains Vegetational Area.
Location
Plainview, Hale County, Texas, U.S.A.
Date taken
June 2007
Scientific name
Cynomys ludovicianus
Equipment used
Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom at 300mm.
A beautiful shot of this endearing little creature with excellent detail and superb colours. A lovely image Stanley.
 
One of my distant relatives cousin Charlie, good to see they are getting on well.

Great photo
 

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Wild Mammals
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