|Copyright: Karel Struna (Karl312)
|Date Taken: 2007-05-12|
|Exposure: f/5.5, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-05-14 11:26|
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|Cynomys ludovicianus - black-tailed prairie dog|
Prairie dogs are small, stout ground squirrels. The total length of an adult black-tailed prairie dog is approximately 14-17 inches. The weight of an individual ranges from 1 to 3 pounds. Individual appearances within the species vary in mixed colors of brown, black, gray, and white.
The historic range of the black-tailed prairie dog included portions of 11 States, Canada, and Mexico. Today it occurs from extreme south-central Canada to northeastern Mexico and from approximate the 98th meridian west to the Rocky Mountains. The species is currently present in 10 States including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. It is extirpated in Arizona.
more here: http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/species/mammals/btprairiedog/
This photo was taken in Prague. There is small colony of prairie dogs in the Prague ZOO.
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Photo captured at a great moment with his food in his paw and an alert look. If you have the means to sharpen your photo a bit I think this would really help bring out the detail in his face and fur, it does look slightly soft. Great with his head coming out into the light making a catch-light in the eye.