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Common Name: Yellow-nosed or Rock Vole




Scientific Name:
Microtus chrotorrhinus  

Woodlands in rocky outcroppings.

Mainly herbivorous—green plants such as mayflower and goldenrod, fungi, seeds, fern, moss, and occasional insect larvae.

Interesting Facts:
This species has often been linked to the long-tailed or rock shrew Sorex dispar because of their common preference for rocky habitats. This vole looks a great deal like the more common meadow vole, except for the distinctive yellow splash of color across its nose and cheeks.

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