Townsend's vole

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Townsend's vole

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Arvicolinae
Species : Microtus townsendii


The Townsend's vole is listed as Near Threatened (LR/nt), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Canada and United States
Townsend's vole habitats
Grassland and Temperate Grassland

Facts about the Townsend's vole

Densities are lower, and populations do not cycle, when Microtus townsendii is present (Sullivan and Krebs 1981).

Granholm DISTRIBUTION, ABUNDANCE, AND SEASONALITY In California, Townsend's vole is found in coastal Humboldt and Del Norte cos.

Since Townsend's vole is common in agricultural lands in the Lower Mainland, this species is most likely to be the one found in cranberry fields.

The occurrence of Vancouver Island marmot and Townsend's vole is inconsistent with the forested habitat that surrounds Plume Cave today; these animals presumably inhabited the area at an earlier time when the vegetation was an open meadow.

Townsend's voles are considered good swimmers and dive readily.

Townsend's Vole or Microtus townsendii is listed on the IUCN Red list (1996) as Lower Risk/Near Threatened . (Full text)

--Not surprisingly a microtine, Townsend's Vole (Microtus townsendii), is the Barn Owl's (Tyto alba) most frequent prey and represents the largest contribution to the owl's dietary biomass. (Full text)

The Townsend's Vole is from the order Rodentia. (Full text)

Townsend's Vole ClassOrderFamilySpecies Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae Microtus townsendii Townsend's Vole Distribution, Abundance, and Seasonality In California, Townsend's vole is found in coastal Humboldt and Del Norte cos. (Full text)

- Not a Mouse or Mole The Townsend’s Vole (Microtus townsendii) is a common resident of Lower Mainland fields and meadows. (Full text)

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