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Prairie dog (genus Cynomys)
There are five different species of prairie dogs. They live in altitudes ranging from 2,000-10,000ft above sea level. In the areas in which they live can get as high as 100 degrees in the summer and as low as -35 degrees in the winter. As prairie dogs live in areas that are prone to environmental threats including hailstorms, blizzards, and floods as well as drought and prairie fires, burrows provide important protection for them. Prairie dog burrows can serve to control temperature as they are 5-10 degrees Celsius during the winter and 15-25 degrees Celsius in the summer. Prairie dog tunnel systems help channel rainwater into the water table to prevent runoff and erosion, and can also serve to change the composition of the soil in a region by reversing soil compaction that can be a result of cattle grazing.
Prairie dogs live in large colonies or "towns” collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres.
It is possible that prairie dogs alarm others to the presence of a predator so they can protect themselves.
I took this shot at a Crocodile Farm just outside the entrance to Sun City/South Africa.

Featured to in the group Welcome to the Jungle September 1, 2011

Featured on Playful & Photogenic Animals September 13, 2011

I’m Nicole, I live in Luxembourg, a very small country in Europe and I welcome you to my photo site. Travelling and to do photography are my most loved occupations.My favorite things to photograph are wildlife,flowers and landscapes.I shoot with Nikon D300.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice work

  • Thanks so much for your war welcome and your kind words Larry:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much for accepting Margaret!

    – Nicole Besch

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderful pic !!

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Elizabeth!

    – Nicole Besch

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful honor of being featured in the group Laura!!

    – Nicole Besch

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    Instant fave Nicole. A superb image,

  • Thank you very much John for your wonderful comment and for adding this one to your favorites!

    – Nicole Besch

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    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...over 3 years ago

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    ☆ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ Congratulations wonderful Capture & Picture so precious hugs Nicely done and presented

  • AWWW…how sweet!! Thank you so much for your kind comment and picture from you!Very much appreciated:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture Nicole…congratulations on the feature!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment and congratulations on my work Kerry!

    – Nicole Besch

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    Many congratulations on your feature for this delightful image – great shot and capture !!

  • Thank you so very much for your kind comment and congratulations! Very much appreciated!

    – Nicole Besch

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzleover 3 years ago

    Sept 12, 2011

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful honor of being featured in the group Darcy!

    – Nicole Besch

  • briony heath
    briony heathover 3 years ago

    love it meer cats are so cute

  • Me too Briony,Thank You very much!

    – Nicole Besch

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