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Northern Red-Backed Vole

Clethrionomys rutilus

Found mainly in the Northwest Territories and northern British Columbia, the northern red-backed vole is characteristic of northern shrub vegetation or mixed forest. It seldom occurs in tundra shrubbery but have been seen there from time to time. Voles are distinguished from mice by their stout, plump bodies and the short legs and tail. They mainly feed on leaves, buds, or twigs, but will also eat any fruits found on their preferred shrubs.

Map of Northern Red-Backed Vole in Canada
Distribution of Northern Red-Backed Vole in Canada

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