The black-tailed prairie dog is a social rodent that is a vital part of a balanced shortgrass prairie ecosystem. They live in towns of thousands, digging elaborate burrows with nesting, sleeping, food storage and latrine chambers along with entrances surrounded by a cone of soil to prevent flooding.

The black-tailed prairie dog is a social rodent that is a vital part of a balanced shortgrass prairie ecosystem. They live in towns of thousands, digging elaborate burrows with nesting, sleeping, food storage and latrine chambers along with entrances surrounded by a cone of soil to prevent flooding.

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The black-tailed prairie dog is a social rodent that is a vital part of a balanced shortgrass prairie ecosystem. They live in towns of thousands, digging elaborate burrows with nesting, sleeping, food storage and latrine chambers along with entrances surrounded by a cone of soil to prevent flooding.