Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

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Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Black-Tailed Prairie DogOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: オグロプレーリードッグ
Romanised Name: Oguro Purērīdoggu
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Cynomys ludovicianus
Distribution: North America (Great Plains)
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 3-5 years
Read More: Black-tailed prairie dog
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Anime Festival Pavilion Nexon Game

The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog is a type of Friend which has made appearances in the Kemono Friends anime as well as the original mobile game.

Appearance

Prairie Dog has short brown hair with white tips and small pointed ears and her eyes are dark brown. She wears a fur-collar with a long sleeved pullover sweater that is tan but white on the sleeves and a little green bow tie hidden behind the fur. She has a green plaid skirt. She wears knee-high tan socks and has loafers with green bows. Like most other Friends whose origin animals have a tail and ears, she also has those. They fit the species she belongs to an Black-tailed prairie dog.

In Real Life

A Black-tailed prairie dog eating grass

Black-tailed prairie dogs live in colonies scattered throughout the plains of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Black-tailed prairie dogs are small rodents with a height of about 16 inches. They are tan over most of their body except for the lighter colored belly. The easiest way to tell the black-tailed prairie dog from other prairie dogs is to look for its namesake black tipped tail.

The seeds stems, roots and leaves of forbs (flowering plants), grasses and weeds make up most of the prairie dog's diet. It will sometimes eat grasshoppers, beetles and other insects. Clearing away the plants around the burrow helps the prairie dog spot predators. In the fall, prairie dogs put on a layer of fat to help them survive in the winter. Prairie dogs don't hibernate, but when the winter weather is extremely cold or snowy, they may go into a light hibernation-like sleep and stay in their burrows for a few days.

Prairie dogs are colonial animals that live in complex networks of tunnels with multiple openings. Colonies are easily identified by the raised-burrow entrances that give the diminutive prairie dogs some extra height when acting as sentries and watching for signs of danger. The tunnels contain separate "rooms" for sleeping, rearing young, storing food and eliminating waste.

References

http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/black-tailed-prairie-dog/

https://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Mammals/Black-Tailed-Prairie-Dog.aspx

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/blacktailedpraire.htm

http://www.defenders.org/prairie-dog/basic-facts

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