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Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)

A small rodent, although abundant rarely seen in the open due to its preference to be active at night. Lives in moist areas of meadows or forest. Prey for many hawks, owls and mammalian carnivores.

How to Identify

For now, I identify this species by type of habitat where I find its burrow usually located in moist, dense, low growing grassland.

Where and When to Spot

They are around all year. The only individual of this species I have spotted so far, moved around the entrance of its burrow located close to the large pond in Park Angrignon.

Common Names

Meadow Vole

Wiesenwühlmaus (de)
Microtus pennsylvanicus (es)
Campagnol des prés (fr)

Taxonomy

Rodentia
Cricetidae
Arvicolinae
Microtus pennsylvanicus