Prairie dogs are small, burrowing rodents that live in grasslands and prairies throughout North America. They are highly social animals, living in large underground colonies that can house hundreds of individuals. Prairie dogs communicate with each other through a complex series of vocalizations and body language. They are herbivores, eating a diet primarily consisting of grasses and other vegetation. Prairie dogs are important members of their ecosystem, providing food for predators and aerating and fertilizing the soil with their burrowing activities. However, they also face many threats, including habitat loss and disease.