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Lemmiscus curtatus

Sagebrush Vole

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae

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Lemmiscus curtatus - ash and buff variants
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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Sagebrush Voles usually live in colonies in semiarid, partly brushy habitat. The dominant plants where they live are sagebrush or rabbitbrush mixed with bunchgrass. A colony's network of burrows may have 8 to 30 entrances and interconnecting tunnels, which are often paved with grass or sage clippings. Sagebrush Voles eat a wide variety of fresh green vegetation. Unlike other rodents that live in dry habitats, they do not eat seeds or keep food stores. They are active year-round, at any time of day or night, but windy weather drives them belowground.

Sexual Dimorphism:
None

Length:
Range: 103-142 mm

Weight:
Range: 17-38 g

References:

Cope, E.D., 1868.  Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 20:2.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Lemmiscus curtatus