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Woodland Vole Microtus pinetorum


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Woodland Vole
credit: Army Corps of Engineers

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Family: Muridae, Mice and Rats view all from this family

Description Tiny reddish vole with reduced eyes and ears and large foreclaws for its semifossorial life. Tail is short and facial vibrissae are well developed. Fine fur is chestnut-colored above and on the sides and paler gray or silvery below. Tail is bicolored, but colors grade gently and no sharp distinct line is noticeable, distinguishing it from other reddish voles. Whiskers are well developed. Incisors are not grooved.

Dimensions 111-139mm, 12-29mm, 14-37g

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Forests & woodlands

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas

Discussion Builds underground runways and burrows with nest chambers lined with dried leaves and grasses. Common in eastern forests with good litter cover or grassy areas.