One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing vole found in grassland and open country in Eurasia and North America.
Genus Microtus, family Muridae: numerous species, in particular Microtus pennsylvanicus of the northern US and Canada
- ‘Here we describe a blond coat color mutation in the meadow vole that arose in a captive breeding colony established from wild-caught animals from southern Illinois.’
- ‘One captive meadow vole had 17 litters during one year, totaling 83 young.’
- ‘Heinrich finds a variety of strategies on display near his Maine cabin: meadow voles thriving in the subnivian zone (under the snow), weasels hunting ten meals a day, and tree frogs whose body fluids freeze.’
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