Jeannie's Cottage LLC carries a variety of plush toy Prairie Dogs. The Prairie Dog stuffed animal on the right is made by Douglas Cuddle Toys and is Scamper the Black-tailed Prairie Dog. The Prairie Dog plush toy in the middle is made by the Stuffed Animal House and it is shown with the matching keychain. We also have a Prairie Dog made by Ganz shown at left.
The Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys Iudovicianus) is the only prairie dog with a black-tipped tail. It is 15 inches tall and weighs between 32 and 48 ounces. It is generally active during the day and in summer is active in the mornings and evenings. In winter or cold spells, the black-tailed prairie dog sticks to its burrow until it is able to venture out.
A prairie dogs diet consists of a variety of grasses. It may also, on occasion, eat insects.
Prairie dogs live in large groups or towns consisting of thousands of members. The towns are divided up into smaller territories called wards. A family unit consists of one male, a number of females and their young. Prairie dogs are very social animals and exhibit a number of behaviors indicating this, including touching noses and grooming one another. They are very vocal and have a number of calls.
Their burrows are extensive and include a number of different chambers, some for nesting, and even one for bathroom duties. Prairie dogs stay close to their burrows and will sit on their haunches scanning for danger.
Prairie dogs mate in February or March and produce a litter of about 4 or 5. The gestation period is about 30 days.
The average life span is from 7 to 8 years. Predators include the Black-footed ferret, foxes, badgers, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, eagles and snakes.
The range is in the Great Plains region of the United States from eastern Montana and southwest North Dakota south into parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.