California Voles are inconspicuous but abundant residents of Santa Cruz County.
They are similar in appearance to a mouse, small with grayish brown fur. Their ears and legs are short and they have pale feet.
California voles dig paths through grassland habitats leading to the mouths of their underground burrows. These “runways” are worn into the grass by daily travel. When chased by a predator, a vole can make a fast dash for the safety of its underground burrow using these paths.
Female voles have litters of four to eight young. In areas with abundant food and mild weather, each female can have up to five litters in a year.