Prairie dogs can run very fast- at around 35 miles per hour- for short distances.
In 1900, a huge prairie dog settlement was reported on the high plains of Texas. It extended 100 miles in one direction and 250 miles in the other. An estimated 400 million prairie dogs lived in this ’town!’
Prairie dogs have different calls to warn their friends of the approach of different enemies like hawks, owls, eagles, snakes and coyotes.
Prairie dogs are called dogs because of their bark-like call.