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Drawing of prairie vole surface runways with tunnel entrance hole

Prairie Vole Surface Runways

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.

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Photo of two prairie voles in a nest made of dried grasses

Prairie Voles

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.

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Photo of two prairie voles in a nest made of dried grasses

Voles (Meadow Mice)

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.

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