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Southern Red Backed Vole
Clethrionomys gapperi

Mice, Voles & Rats
New World Mice & Rats (Cricetidae)

Measurement: Size: 14 cm Weight: 24 g (.85 oz)

Description: The southern red-backed vole is common in the Canadian Rockies. Voles resemble mice, but have shorter tails which tend to be more heavily haired. The red-backed voles prefer subalpine altitudes, and wet locations. They are identifiable by the rusty streak that runs from the forehead to the base of the tail. The rest of the upper body is gray-brown and the underside. They are diverse feeders preferring to eat the stalks of leaves, berries, buds, seeds and even carrion. They may be seen at any time of the day or night. They are poor swimmers, preferring to stay on solid ground. In winter, they create an intricate series of tunnels underneath the snowpack. They can climb, and can access leaves and other food by making their way higher into plants. They are the favourite food of everything from coyotes, to weasels to owls, and as a result they produce 2 or 3 litters of three to five young annually.

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