Gunnison’s Prairie Dog

Gunnison’s Prairie Dog


Scientific Name: Cynomys gunnisoni

Type: Mammal

Family: Sciuridae (Squirrels, Chipmunks, and Prairie Dogs)

Size: 12 to 14 inches in length

Weight: 1.5 to 2.5 pounds

Life Span: 3 to 5 years




Peaking Out

Mitch Chapman (CC BY-NC)

Alarm Call for a Hawk

Douglas Von Gausig (CC BY-NC-SA)

Diagram of Tunnels

Based upon
Kennedy N. Clapp/NPS

A = entrance, B = mound, C/D/H = passageways,
E = turnaround room, F = bedroom,
G = room with trash, I = dirt dump

Digging Tunnel

Robert Coonrod (CC BY-NC)

Looking Up Tunnel

Joel DuBois (CC BY-NC)

Looking Down Tunnel

JN Stuart (CC BY-NC-ND)

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