Prairie Vole

February 27, 2016

This is the time of year when prairie voles are most active, at least here at the farm, and I photographed this one a few hours ago. Joyce has become an expert at spotting their perfectly-formed tunnel entrances on the prairie and it is not uncommon to see them scurrying around the leaves near our patio. I prefer my favorite fishing technique, “catch/photograph/release” to capture images of these tiny creatures, which spend most of their time just beneath the vegetation in prairies and meadows.

Although voles are kind of mousy looking, they have short, fur-covered tails so they are a little “cuter,” if you will, than a field mouse, at least as far as I’m concerned. They are quite easy to grab by the fur on their rear end, if you are lucky enough to corner one.

I’ve written over 50 stories for Missouri Conservationist and my favorite one was about another vole — the woodland vole. You might want to check out the image and story here.

If you’ve never seen a prairie vole, which is the case with most Missourians, I hope this capture serves as a substitute until you do. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking,


Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery of Images:  Danny’s Website

3 comments on “Prairie Vole”

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen one either. Cuter than a mouse is good.

  2. Some years ago we had two of these creatures inside our house at different times.We used a wastebasket to capture them and took them out in the yard for release. We also found where they were getting in. We thought they were mice, but they looked different.

    Sent from Wayne’s iPad


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