The vole is a rodent, often referred to as “meadow mice” or “field mice”. Their short tail (about 1″ long), stocky build and small eyes are what distinguish voles from true mice.
Did you know that:
- Voles are blackish-brown to grayish-brown in color.
- Adults are approximately 4-6″ long and weigh 1-2 ounces.
- They have large incisor top teeth, small ears and a blunt nose.
- Voles prefer habitats with heavy ground cover, grass-like plants or litter.
- They eat vegetation – bulbs, grass blades and stems, and roots of trees and shrubs.
- They have a short lifespan, 2-16 months, mainly because they have many predators.
- Voles breed year round.
- Females can start giving birth at one month of age.
- Voles produce 3-12 litter’s per year, with an average of 3-6 young per litter.
- They remain active day and night as well as throughout the year.
- Voles tunnel surface runways with several burrow openings.
- Their burrow openings are about 1 1/2 – 2″ in diameter.
- Their tunnels and burrows provide protection from weather and predators.
- Voles can live in colonies of up to 300.
- Most of their time is spent below ground in their tunnels.
- They don’t usually enter homes or buildings.
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