Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Meadow Voles

(a.k.a. field mice)

Scientific Name: Microtus pennsylvanicus

Description: Meadow voles look very similar to normal mice. Including their tails, they usually have a length of 5 to 7 inches. They don't weigh very much- they average between 1 to 3 ounces. The top of their bodies are dark or reddish brown while their bottom sides are grayish or white. Meadow voles don't live very long. Most die before the end of their first year as they are a source of food for many larger animals.

Habitat: Meadow voles can be found throughout Canada and the United States. They prefer to live in meadows , fields , or marshes .

Foods: Voles eat plants such as berries, grains, and fresh grass. They also eat insects on occasion.


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