Content tagged with "meadow mouse"

Prairie Vole Surface Runways

Drawing of prairie vole surface runways with tunnel entrance hole
Voles build a system of well-defined runways both on top of the ground and underground. Holes about 2 inches wide lead from the surface runways to the underground tunnels. The floor of the runway is often littered with grass clippings and “paved” with soil excavated from the tunnels. More

Prairie Voles

Photo of two prairie voles in a nest made of dried grasses
Prairie voles (M. ochrogaster) are found statewide. Like other voles, their populations have cycles of abundance and decline, peaking about once every four years. They are an important food for many predators, and their varying numbers can cause peaks and declines in their predators' populations. More

Voles (Meadow Mice)

Photo of two prairie voles in a nest made of dried grasses
Microtus ochrogaster, M. pinetorum, and M. pennsylvanicus
There are three species of voles in Missouri: prairie, meadow, and woodland voles. These mouselike rodents have rounded, blunt snouts, chisel-shaped front teeth, and short tails. More