Prairie dog

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The prairie dog is a burrowing rodent native to North America.

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Named Cynomys ludovicianus. The name ludovicianus comes from Ludvig/Louis, named after the 1805 Lewis and Clark expedition where prairie dogs were first identified for scientific study.

The average size is 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) long.