Trivia’s Facts and More (4/1)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

What is the longest word in the dictionary?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The American prairie dog frequently makes sounds like a dog barking, but they are not a member of the dog family.  They are related to a ground squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, and woodchucks.

Here are some interesting facts about the prairie dog:

  • Habitat:  Prairie lands from Montana and the Dakotas to Texas)
  • Body length:  11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
  • Weight:  2-4 pounds
  • Diet:  Grasses and crops

Prairie dogs live as a group (coterie).  Each coterie is socially active and contains up to 10-20 members.  They construct an extensive system of underground burrows called a town.  This subsurface network connects a series of tunnels with chambers.  Several coteries may inhabit the same town.

If one ever observes a prairie dog town, he will find that one or two prairie dogs stand as lookouts.  Their heads can be seen above the entrance to the tunnel, and they communicate through chattering, which are high-pitched squeaks and barking.

Photos courtesy of pinterest.


Answer to Brain Teaser Question

“Smiles” because there is a mile between each S.

12 thoughts on “Trivia’s Facts and More (4/1)

  1. I enjoyed the trivia answer but I would have never gotten it. We saw prairie dogs when we visited CO many years ago. I like how they sit on their hind feet and stare at you like they know a secret and they aren’t sharing.

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  2. I never would have gotten that word. Interesting. I have one bit of wisdom when it comes to prairie dogs. Do not have one as a pet. Circumstances led to my living with one wtih a few years, and believe me: that reference to their social nature is on target. If they live with you, you’re their family, and they demand family time. Beyond that, they are burrowing animals. If you lose your prairie dog in the house, look in the mattress and the sofa first. Burrowing is burrowing; they don’t care that it isn’t dirt they’re digging through.

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