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Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
This Meadow Vole was safely released after falling into a bucket. Photographed at Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Photograph by Gilles Gonthier. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
MEADOW VOLE FACTSDescription
The Meadow Vole is dark brown to dark reddish brown above and grey or white underneath. The winter coat is grayish. Meadow Voles are active during the day and night. They tend to be nocturnal during the summer and diurnal during the winter. They are good diggers and strong swimmers.
Total length 13cm - 20cm. Weight: 33g - 65g
meadows, lowland fields, grassy marshes, river banks
grass, sedges, herbs, seeds and grains, roots, tubers
A litter of 6 or 7 is born after a gestation period of 21 days. The young weigh 2.5g at birth and are helpless. They are weaned after about 14 days.
from central Alaska to the Atlantic coast and south to New Mexico. In the United States it extends west to the Rocky Mountains.
Relatives in same Genus
Rock Vole (M. chrotorrhinus)
Long-tailed Vole (M. longicaudus)
Singing Vole (M. miurus)
Tundra Vole (M. oeconomus)
Woodland Vole (M. pinetorum)