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Field Vole Microtus agrestis
2012-08-05 21:06:26

The field vole (Microtus agrestis) is native to Europe, inhabiting a large range that includes Poland, France, Germany, and Belgium, among many other areas. It is not found in Ireland or in Iceland. It prefers a habitat within moist grasslands, like marshes and woodlands and along riverbanks. The population density of the field vole will fluctuate throughout a four-year period. The field...

Common Vole Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of...

Long-tailed Vole Microtus longicaudus
2012-08-03 15:54:58

The long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus) is native to North America. Its range stretches from Alaska to California where it inhabits shrub lands and alpine meadows. It holds one subspecies, the Coronation Island vole, which was previously thought to be a distinct species. The long-tailed vole can reach an average body length of seven inches, with an average weight of 1.7 ounces. The fur...

Bank Vole Myodes glareolus
2012-08-03 15:33:00

The bank vole (Myodes glareolus) can be found in northern Asia and Western Europe. Its range includes Great Britain, where it occurs natively, and Ireland, where it was unintentionally introduced. It is thought that within its Ireland range, it may be replacing the wood mouse, a native species. The bank vole prefers a habitat within woodland areas. The bank vole reaches an average body...

Southern Bog Lemming Synaptomys cooperi
2012-07-27 12:32:47

The southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) is native to North America, and its range overlaps with that of the Northern Bog Lemming in southeastern Canada. It prefers a habitat within wetlands, grasslands, and mixed forests in eastern North America. It once held two subspecies, the Kansas and Nebraska, bog lemmings, but these are now extinct. The southern bog lemming can reach an average...

California Vole Microtus californicus
2012-04-26 12:34:46

The California vole (Microtus californicus) can be found throughout California, and in certain parts of Oregon. Another name for this vole is the California meadow mouse. It is not found in most of the desert regions of California or in the northwestern corners. It prefers to live in the dry uplands of the savannah and marshlands. There are seventeen subspecies of this vole. The California...

Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus
2012-04-25 11:10:10

The meadow vole(Microtus pennsylvanicus) is sometimes known as  the field mouse or meadow mouse. It can be found in the northern United States, Canada, and Alaska. The range of this creature is very large, extending west from Labrador to Alaska, south from Alaska to South Carolina, as far east as Tennessee.  This range reaches back around through northern Nebraska and Washington, back to...

Singing Vole Microtus miurus
2012-04-24 14:49:13

The singing vole (Microtus miurus) can be found in North America. It is named so because of the high pitched warning call it gives out from the doorways of its burrow. They are native to northwestern Canada and Alaska, preferring tundra habitats above the tree line. They avoid extreme areas of these regions including the Alaska Peninsula and a large portion of the northern coast. They are found...

Woodland Vole Microtus pinetorum
2012-04-24 11:50:48

The Woodland Vole, or Pine Vole, can be found in eastern North America. Their range includes states like Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and they prefer to make their homes in apple orchards (a favorite home), deciduous forests, and dry fields, with the largest populations occurring in forests. Woodland voles like to burrow, and so they will choose soils that are workable, like loam and peat moss....

Prairie Vole Microtus ochrogaster
2012-04-23 07:36:11

The Prairie Vole, or Microtus ochrogaster, is a small rodent that lives in central North America. The placement of these animals ranges from the grasslands in the United States to Canada; the Rockies to West Virginia and to the northern Canadian prairies. Prairie voles prefer to burrow in dry land, going underground under surface vegetation and even snow. They are touchy, disturb easily, and...