PRAIRIE VOLE

Prairie Vole
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Prairie Vole
Microtus ochrogaster

Measurements:
Total Length: 5.5-7.2 inches
Tail Length: 1-1.8 inches
Weight: 1.7-2.5 ounces

  • Comments:   Prairie voles are a major food source for many of the large, predatory mammals of Kansas. These mice have black and white "peppery" fur with a yellowish tinge on the belly. They construct runways at the soil's surface where they forage during the night then retreat to a network of tunnels below ground to store collected food. Females produce about four litters of 3-4 young per year. Their average life span is less than a year.
  • Distribution:   Prairie voles range throughout the prairies of the United States and Canada. They are found in large numbers in grasslands and fallow croplands throughout Kansas.
  • Food:   Prairie voles feed on grasses, forbs, seeds, roots and rhizomes.

Other Kansas Rodents

AMERICAN BEAVER ORD'S KANGAROO RAT 13-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL
WOODCHUCK EASTERN CHIPMUNK SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL
EASTERN CHIPMUNK EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG
DEER MOUSE PLAINS POCKET GOPHER NORTHERN GRASSHOPPER MOUSE
EASTERN WOODRAT HISPID COTTON RAT WESTERN HARVEST MOUSE
COMMON MUSKRAT HISPID POCKET MOUSE NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINE

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