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Rock Vole

Microtus chrotorrhinus

Although the rock vole has a relatively wide distribution, it remains one of the rarer Canadian small mammals. This species can be found in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Labrador, and portions of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It prefers damp, mossy, rocky talus slopes and other areas where there are rocky outcroppings. Little is known about this creature as only a few specimens have been collected and their life history has not been studied in any sort of detail. The rock vole is mainly active during the daytime and will spend its time foraging for plant material such as bunchberry and mitrewort.

Map of Rock Vole in Canada
Distribution of Rock Vole in Canada

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