BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG
This animal is a kind of dog.
A kiss hello means youâ€™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.
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.
Prairie dogs live in towns.
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