Meadow vole

Meadow voleThe Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) is also called Field Mouse or Meadow Mouse. It is a member of the order Rodentia (rodents) and resembles a mouse, but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, and smaller ears and eyes. The Meadow vole is the most widespread vole in the United States. They are hunted on by snakes, owls, hawks, falcons and various carnivores. Its size ranges from 12,8 to 19,5 centimeters. They are active all day, but most active during the night. They dig burrows to store food and give birth (litter size ranges from 2 to 9, with 6 / 7 on average). Meadow voles can be kept as pets.

The Meadow vole is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Meadow vole

Adult weight : 0.049 kg (0.1078 lbs)

Female maturity :29 days

Male maturity : 37 days

Gestation : 21 days

Weaning : 14 days

Litter size : 6

Litters per year : 3

Interval between litters : 21 days

Weight at birth : 0.002 kg (0.0044 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.012 kg (0.0264 lbs)

Body mass : 0.038 kg (0.0836 lbs)

Temperature : 38.85 °C (101.93 °F)

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