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Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus

Track In light snow, hindprint 5/8" (16 mm) long, with 5 toes printing; foreprint 1/2" (13 mm) long, with 4 toes printing; hindprints ahead of foreprints, with distance between individual walking prints 1/2 7/8" (1322 mm); straddle approximately 1 1/2" (37 mm). Print patterns vary greatly, but most often show as alternating series of tracks very close together. Jumping distances between tracks range from 1 3/4 to 4 1/4" (45110 mm).

Sign Grass cuttings, 11 1/2" (2540 mm) long, in piles along runways in dense vegetation. In winter, pushes debris into tunnels under snow; in spring, these cores, about 1" wide, are exposed by melting snow.
Nest: Found under objects (hay bales or boards) or in clumps of grass.
Scat: Small, elongate fecal pellets, dark-colored.

 

 

 

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