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Prairie dogs live together in large groups called towns.
Prairie dogs live together in large groups called towns. These towns are made up of separate territories that are dominated by one male. This organization provides safety from predators since “watchdogs” are on the lookout for predators. Without this organization the prairie dog would be susceptible to danger. This instinct was not needed until after the Fall, when animals began hunting other animals.
Ground squirrel, chipmunk
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Rodentia (rodents)
FAMILY: Sciuridae (squirrels)
GENUS/SPECIES: 5 species within the sub-family Cynomys
Size: 10–13 in (0.3 m)
Weight: 1–3 lbs (0.5–1.4 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants and sometimes insects
Habitat: Open plains and plateaus from North Dakota to a small area in northern Mexico