Prairie dogs have become very popular as pets in recent years. The prairie dog population is stable overall, but the Mexican prairie dog subspecies is gradually declining and may be extinct. This subspecies is in need of conservation action and may become extinct.
The Mexican Prairie Dog lives in the states of Coahuila, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon.
The Mexican Prairie Dog is a small mammal with a total length of 20-30cm and a weight of 900-1400g. It is classified as a rodent in the genus Prairie Dog of the squirrel family. Prairie dogs are very wary animals, but they get used to humans. As a result, there are many people who breed them. Prairie dogs are energetic, active animals and love to exercise. Prairie dogs also have a habit of chewing like rats. Too much biting can break teeth and cause gum disease. Mexican Prairie Dogs are family-forming and very territorial animals. When a predator approaches the nest, it emits a odor from the glands on its rear end to intimidate it. Prairie dogs dig huge burrows and build complex structures to create bedrooms, toilets, nurseries, and more. Prairie dogs are very sociable and will bark to warn their companions when danger approaches.Free shipping for GPS Trackers
Mexican Prairie Dogs are herbivores, feeding on stems, roots, seeds and nuts. The breeding mode is viviparous. Females give birth to around four offspring once a year. The baby’s lactation period is less than two months, and it may escape from the nest when it is about one year old. A child can reach sexual maturity in about a year. Life expectancy is about 3-5 years. However, in captivity, there are examples that live for less than 10 years.Get 50% Off your first order at Just Right Pet Food!
Unlike other prairie dogs, the Mexican Prairie Dog is listed as an endangered species. Prairie dogs have many natural enemies, and they are preyed on by pumas, coyotes, wolves, and hawks. Besides that, humans are also enemies. They are often considered pests because they burrow in pastures and are often exterminated. The Mexican Prairie Dog disappeared from Nuevo León in the 1980s, and now in the 2000s, its habitat and numbers have further declined. The current habitat of the Mexican Prairie Dog is said to be only near El Toquio. For this reason, the Mexican Prairie Dog is listed as an endangered species and is also listed in CITES Appendix I. Conservation groups work to protect prairie dogs.Tractive Cats (Dutch)
Other prairie dogs are famous for being able to be kept in captivity, but the Mexican subspecies is endangered and listed on CITES Appendix I, which limits international trade. It is difficult for the general public to obtain them, so it is better to see them at zoos or visit protected areas in Mexico.