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The Meadow vole or Microtus pennsylvanicus is active year-round, usually at night. They are also called Field Mouse or Meadow Mouse. It also digs burrows, where it stores food for the winter and females give birth to their young.
Although these rodents tend to live close together, they are aggressive towards one another. This is particularly evident in males during the breeding season. They can cause damage to fruit trees, garden plants, and commercial grain crops.
Most changes in activity are imposed by season, habitat, cover, temperature, and other factors. Meadow voles or Microtus pennsylvanicusare have to eat frequently, and their active periods (every two to three hours) are associated with food digestion.
In Canada, meadow voles or Microtus pennsylvanicusare are active the first few hours after dawn and during the two-to four-hour period before sunset. Most of the inactive period is spent in the nest.
Meadow voles or Microtus pennsylvanicus eat most available species of grasses, sedges, and forbs, including many agricultural plant species. In summer and fall, grasses are cut into match-length sections to reach the succulent portions of the leaves and seedheads.
Leaves, flowers, and fruits of forbs are also typical components of the summer diet. Fungi, primarily endogones, have been reported in meadow vole or Microtus pennsylvanicusare diets.
They consume insects and snails, and scavenge on animal remains; cannibalism is frequent in periods of high population density.
In winter, Meadow vole or Microtus pennsylvanicus consume green basal portions of grass plants, often hidden under snow. Other winter diet components include seeds, roots, and bulbs. They occasionally strip the bark from woody plants. Seeds and tubers are stored in nests and burrows.
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