The scientific name for the Michigan vole is Microtus ochrogaster.
What are the different subspecies of Michigan voles?
The Michigan voles are a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. There are six recognized subspecies of Michigan voles, each with its own unique physical characteristics and distribution.
The most common subspecies is the eastern Michigan vole (Microtus ochrogaster), which ranges throughout most of southeastern Michigan and parts of southern Ontario. The least common subspecies is the northern Michigan vole (M. michiganensis), which is found only in Upper Peninsula Michigan.
Other subspecies include:
the central Michigan vole (M. cinereus), which lives mainly in central and western Michigania;
the Kalamazoo/Portage vole (M. portoricensis), which inhabits portions of southwestern Lower Peninsula and northeastern Portage County, Ohio;
the Saginaw Bay vole (M. saginus), which is found only on Saginaw Bay near Midland, Texas; and
the West Virginia black-tailed deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus westermani), a rare subspecies that lives only in the upper Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia.
Where in Michigan do voles live?
There are three types of voles in Michigan: the eastern meadow vole, the white-footed mouse, and the big brown bat. Eastern meadow voles live in southeastern Michigan, white-footed mice live in most of Michigan except for the Upper Peninsula and parts of southwestern Ontario, and big brown bats live throughout Michigan.
What is the typical lifespan of a vole?
A vole typically lives for two to three years.
How many young does a female vole have per litter?
A female vole will typically have six to eight young per litter.
Are voles active during the day or night?
Voles are typically active during the day, but they can be active at night if there is food available. Michigan voles are primarily nocturnal, but they will occasionally forage during the daytime.
Do voles hibernate? If so, for how long?
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The five types of voles found in Michigan are the eastern cottontail, deer mouse, woodchuck, meadow vole, and pygmy shrew. Voles typically live underground but can also be found living on the surface. They eat insects and other small animals. Voles don't hibernate as much as some other mammals but will go into a state of dormancy during colder months. There are an estimated 100 million voles living in Michigan. They usually build their nests near water sources such as streams or ponds. Voles usually mate for life and may have up to six offspring per family.
What kind of habitat do voles prefer?
Voles are most commonly found in open areas such as fields, meadows, and forests. They also like to live near water sources such as ponds or streams.
What do voles eat and where do they find their food?
Voles are small rodents that live in North America. They eat a variety of things, but their main food is grasses and other plants. Voles can find their food anywhere there is vegetation, including parks, gardens, and fields.
What predators hunt voles as prey?
There are many predators that hunt voles as prey. Some of these predators include hawks, owls, snakes, and foxes. These predators typically hunt voles during the night or in dark areas. They use their sharp claws and teeth to catch the small rodents.
Are there any diseases that affect wild populations of Michigan voles specifically? If so, what are they and how do they impact the population levels of these animals?
There are a few diseases that can affect Michigan voles specifically. The most common of these is the white-nose syndrome, which is caused by a fungus. This fungus attacks the voles' skin and causes them to die in large numbers. Another disease that affects Michigan voles is Coccidiosis, which is caused by parasites. This parasite can infect their intestines and cause them to die from malnutrition or infection. Overall, these diseases are not very common and do not have a significant impact on population levels of Michigan voles. However, they are important to be aware of so that we can help protect these animals from harm.