The first thing that you need to know about these North American rodents is that they live in particularly large colonies. They could typically be found in the grasslands of western as well as central North America. There are five major species of prairie dogs that we are going to take a look at later in the article.
These animals are considered to be a rather keystone species mainly due to the fact that their colonies would usually create significant islands of habitats which benefit about 150 other species. However, while they are rather beneficial out in the wilderness, they are considered to be a pest when they are encountered in domestic gardening conditions. They are also a well-known food source for a range of different animals such as eagles, badgers, coyotes as well as the black-footed ferrets which are also known to be critically endangered. A lot of species such as the latter use underground burrows made by prairie dogs as their own homes.