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Meadow Vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus


(Redirected from Meadow vole) Meadow Vole Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1] Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Cricetidae Genus: Microtus Subgenus: Mynomes Species: M. pennsylvanicus Binomial name Microtus pennsylvanicus (Ord, 1815) The Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), sometimes called the Field Mouse or Meadow Mouse, is a North American vole found across Canada, Alaska and the northern United States. Its range extends further south along the Atlantic coast. One subspecies, the Florida Salt Marsh Vole (M. p. dukecampbelli), is found in Florida, and is classified as endangered. It is also found in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Meadow Vole is active year-round, usually at night. It also digs underground burrows where it stores food for the winter and females give birth to their young. Although these animals tend to live close together, they are aggressive towards one other. This is particularly evident in males during the breeding season. It can cause damage to fruit trees, garden plants and commercial grain crops.


He was stuck in the well of our basement window. I got him out and releases it in the cornfield.

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1 Comment

PaulOrr 12 years ago

Looks like a Vole (Microtus) but I am not familiar enough to even guess a species.

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2011
Submitted on Jul 30, 2011

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