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BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG

A

This animal is a kind of dog.

B

A kiss hello means you’re part of the family.

FALSE: A prairie dog is a rodent, closely related to tree squirrels.

TRUE: Family members greet each other by gently touching teeth.

C

Black-tailed prairie dogs are as American as apple pie. FALSE: These prairie dogs are found in Canada and Mexico as well as in 11 states.

D

Prairie dogs live in towns.

E

A prairie dog is so small it could curl up on this card.

TRUE: Prairie dog towns are complex tunnel systems with subdivisions and even security guards. Modern prairie dog towns are less than half a square mile. In the past, one town covered 25,000 square miles.

FALSE: At 14 to 17 inches long, it could relax on an open copy of this magazine.

KONRAD WOTHE / MINDEN PICTURES

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