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Sci Total Environ. Mar 1;() Epub Nov The snow vole (Chionomys nivalis) as an appropriate environmental bioindicator in alpine. In this study we provide more detail insight into phylogenetic status of the Snow vole Chionomys nivalis occurring in the Western Carpathians. PDF | The Snow Vole Chionomys nivalis was recorded for the first time from the Central Elburz and Binaloud Mountains, Iran. The Binaloud.

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There are usually two litters in a year, with litters of about four range two to seven young being born after a gestation period of three weeks.

The European snow vole or snow vole Chionomys nivalispreviously Arvicola nivalis and Microtus nivalis is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae.

Johns Hopkins University Press. Arborimus Tree voles White-footed vole A.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis | Natural History Museum of Crete

They do not generally breed until the chioonmys year and may live for two to four years. It does not hibernate in wintertime and may take shelter in mountain huts. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Alai mole vole E.

European Snow Vole, Chionomys nivalis

It holds its tail in an upright position when running. Fitness consequences of natal dispersal in the snow vole Chionomys nivalis. The researchers showed that reproductive females and juveniles preferentially used the central parts of scree areas, especially in the vicinity of scree junipers Juniperus communiswhereas males and non-reproductive females were less discriminating and occupied rocky habitat in proportion to its availability.


It feeds on the green parts of plants, grasses, buds, shoots and roots, and may sometimes eat insects and their larvae. Cricetidae occurrence in Portugal”.

European snow vole

Arvicola nivalis Martins Retrieved from ” https: Japanese red-backed vole M. In the summer breeding season, female European snow voles have mutually exclusive territories and display considerable aggression towards other females of their own species when they meet near the territorial boundaries.

Italian Journal of Zoology. Its presence in any mivalis is due to the suitability of the microhabitat rather than the suitability of the temperature. It is mainly a solitary animal and lives under boulders and in crevices and tunnels among rocks and scree. In the winter the territorial boundaries break down and individual males and females become nomadic nivalie solitary. Dinaromys Balkan snow vole D.

All three species are present in the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains in northeastern Turkey.

Western heather vole P. In the summer it gathers bits of grass and leaves, leaving them to dry in the sun before storing them in underground chambers for winter use as food. A study of the European snow vole concluded that it was a rock-dwelling specialist. Chionomys nivalis Nivalks, This is because, despite its rather fragmented range, it is common in some suitable habitats, its population trend nvialis stable and it does not seem to be facing any particular threats.


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European Snow Vole (Chionomys nivalis) ยท

European water vole A. Males encountering females show intermediate behaviours. Duke of Bedford’s vole P.

Yellow steppe lemming E. White-tailed mountain vole A. Prometheomys Long-clawed mole vole P. It has a rounded nose, black beady eyes, long whitish whiskers and moderately large ears. However it is more often found at medium to high altitudes because there is less competition from other animals such as grasshoppers nivais, the alpine marmot Marmota marmotathe ibex Capru spp.

It digs tunnels with numerous exit holes among rocks and between tree roots.