Found in the grass prairies of Mexico, Canada and through the central United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
A prairie dog is a variety of a ground squirrel. Most pet prairie dogs are the black-tail variety which are diurnal, meaning they are active during the daylight hours. Prairie dogs are very social animals living underground in large colonies. They are very loyal and expressive with unique vocalizations. Prairie dogs are extremely hardy and can live up to 10 years in captivity.