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Microtus guatemalensis

Guatemalan Vole

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Near Threatened.

Voles are found all over Eurasia and North America. Most live where the winters are cold. A few, including Guatemalan Voles, are tropical. Like other tropical voles, they find suitably cool living conditions in mountains. Guatemalan Voles are found in damp habitats in high meadows in Mexico and Guatemala. They have long, thick fur that almost hides their eyes and ears, and very short tails. Unlike some voles, they do not seem to use regular paths known as runways. They probably eat plant matter, but their dietary choices are not known.

Range: Head and Body: 93-118 mm; Tail: 28-42 mm

Range: 23-44 g


Merriam, C.H., 1898. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 12:108.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Microtus guatemalensis