Praire Vole

(Microtus ochrogaster)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: They weigh about 2 oz. and are about 6 in. in length.

DIET: mostly herbivores and their diet consists of tubers, grass, roots, seeds, and insects when available.

HABITAT: Prairie Voles are found living in prairies, weedy areas, and grasslands.

NOTES: Prairie Voles communicate with various squeaks and trills. They also use scent cues and touching as an important key for mating and territorial purposes. Prairie Voles are crepuscular, which means they are most active during dusk and dawn.

Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR