the emergence of young prairie dogs, coteries can
number as many as 40 individuals. Underground tunnels
connect to special-use rooms such as bedrooms, nurseries
and latrines. These tunnels are used for shelter
by many other prairie wildlife species, including
snakes, toads, insects, birds and mammals. Prairie
dogs have a sophisticated form of communication.
Humans have been able to identify up to 11 different
calls. They use physical contact, such as nuzzling
and kissing as well as vocalization, such as barking
a warning, to communicate. Members of a prairie
dog town take turns keeping watch. If the sentry
sees danger he will call out a warning and the community
will dive into their burrows and wait for the "all
clear" call before venturing out again.