This species is similar in appearance to the larger Taiga vole. It has short ears and a long tail which is paler underneath. The fur is greyish-brown with grey underparts and a yellowish nose. Its length avereages 15 cm (5.9 in) long with a 5-cm tail, and it weighs about 39 g (1.4 oz).
They are found on moist rocky slopes in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. They make runways through the surface growth and shallow underground burrows. They are usually found in small colonies.
The female vole has two or three litters of four to seven young. They are active year-round, mainly during the day, but are rarely seen. It has been designated as a species of concern in some parts of its range.
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- Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
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