How fast can prairie dogs run? Some of their bodily adaptations have made them excellent at what they do. Their short, strong arms and long-nailed toes help them to dig burrows. Although their legs are short, prairie dogs can run up to 35 mph at short distances to escape predators for the safety of their burrows.
What do prairie dogs do with their dead? Typically, the carcass of a killed juvenile is immediately (or shortly afterward) consumed by the killer and/or opportunistic prairie dogs in the area. This activity – eating of one’s own species – is called cannibalism.
Can prairie dogs jump? To perform a jump-yip, a black-tailed prairie dog will abruptly raise its chest up to at least an erect posture, sometimes bending so far back that it propels itself off the ground (the “jump” part), and lands on its butt.
Can prairie dogs swim? Some prairie dogs will walk down a road that leads to a boat ramp on a river or lake and start to swim. Since they aren’t great swimmers, they usually drown.