Adult male wood mouse Adult male field vole While testicles are obvious in most of the pictures included here, they are normally only visible during the breeding season, and are held internally for the rest of the year. Declining field vole (Microtus agrestis) and bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) populations were sampled (117 field voles and 34 bank voles) in south-central Finland during the winter of 1988-89. [4] Females become pregnant again soon after parturition. The Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus), is a small vole with red-brown fur and some grey patches, with a tail about half as long as its body. Not to be confused with: the field vole. Voles are 5 to 8 inches long and have prominent orange teeth for gnawing plant roots and stems. [1] It is found at altitudes of up to about 1,700 metres (5,600 ft). No need to register, buy now! Like to advertise with us? Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC), and its numbers remain stable. The Field Vole is one of the most common small rodents in the countrysides of Britain and Europe. 1st-February-2014. At this time of year, many issues related to rodents come from an in-house infestation. This is the dirt excavated from the tunnel that is under the surface connecting all those mounds. [4], The field vole is a herbivore and feeds on grasses, herbs, root tubers, moss and other vegetation and gnaws bark during the winter (it does not hibernate). Water voles live near streams, rivers, ditches, ponds, lakes, and other wet places. Field voles have a shorter tail (around 30% the length of its body, compared to 50% for the bank vole). Well the field vole has an even shorter tail than the bank vole and, because of this, it is often known as the ‘short-tailed vole’. They boast a grey/brown coat as opposed to the warmer, more rustic red/brown of the Bank Vole. Bank Vole (uncropped). I used my micro/macro Nikon 2.8D 105mm for this shot. Field Voles as a rule appear much colder. Bank Voles breed from March to October and an average of four young are born after a gestation period of 18-20 days. It has shaggier fur than the similar bank vole and a proportionally shorter tail (less than 30% of its body length). by Testudo Man, on Flickr Next up the Wood Mouse. Female field voles sometimes spontaneously move in the time gap between weaning one litter and producing the next, a phenomenon typical of this species. The Field Vole resembles a small mouse, but with a stouter body and shorter tail. The prairie vole is found in rather dry situations in the southern half of the state. Of the two, field voles are much the commoner in Britain but because they are found in expanses of long grass they are infrequently found in gardens. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Description: Red/brown fur above with cream/grey fur below. After leaving the nest, young female voles remain in or near their mother's home range but young males are forced to disperse by the aggressiveness of the adult males. and Festuca rubra, the yarrow (Achillea millefolium), clover (Trifolium spp. Adult Bank Voles have a rich chestnut-brown back compared to the grey-brown fur of the Field Vole. They aren’t always easy to spot in the flesh but you might be able to find evidence of where field voles have been. These grow rapidly, suckle for twelve days and leave the nest at twenty one days, reaching sexual maturity soon afterwards. The field vole is grey-brown above, and play grey below. It is also present in hedgerows, field verges, among … Arrow Exterminating Can Help Control Your Rodent Problem. Life expectancy is about two years but is lower for spring-born individuals than for ones born later in the year. Property owners wondering if they have a vole or mouse in the house are likely dealing with mice. [3] The voice is a faint, low squeak and it also emits a range of chattering sounds. If you have a rodent problem, we can take care of it. When open grassy fields or meadows are not available, they are happy to accept pastures. If you’ve discovered critters in your yard, Call 1-800-CRITTER. They boast a grey/brown coat as opposed to the warmer, more rustic red/brown of the Bank Vole. They also consume a variety of garden plants and eat the bark from trees. The field vole is both widespread and common and is listed as being of "Least Concern" by the IUCN. Bank Voles can have three or four litters a year, each with up to seven young. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation. It occasionally eats invertebrates such as insect larvae. ), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and buttercups (Ranunculus spp.). They also consume a variety of garden plants and eat the bark from trees. You can easily view shrews as … 1st-February-2014. If you’re lucky, you’ll get your way and the answer will be “neither.” But before you can properly defend against small pests invading your house, you need to know how to tell one type from another. I had to get in real close to the mouse too! How to Identify. Water vole burrows appear as a series of holes along the water’s edge, some just above or at the water level on steep banks, others can be below the water level There can also be burrows occurring further up the bank, up to 3m from the water’s edge. The population seems stable over the long term though there are marked fluctuations from year to year. On the other hand, those in agricultural lands are endangered by pesticide drift as well as exposure to molluscicides and rodenticides. They can live for 18 months. Not only can we identify a lot of pests at Arrow, we know how to keep them away. Its range extends throughout Western Europe and eastwards to Lake Baikal in Siberia and north west China and northward to Norway, Sweden and Finland. David Chapman by Testudo Man, on Flickr Next up the Wood Mouse. Bank Vole (uncropped). The fur of the Field Vole also appears somewhat more unkempt, at times covering the ears and nose though after a good downpour or run in … Field voles have a shorter tail (around 30% the length of its body, compared to 50% for the bank vole). Similar competition can occur in winter when the availability of greenstuff fails and starvation ensues. I used the budget Tamron 70-300mm lens for this shot, using macro switch between 185 to 300mm. The field vole is a small, dark brown rodent with a short tail, distinguishable from the closely related common vole (Microtus arvalis) by its darker, longer and shaggier hair and by its more densely haired ears. [6], Field voles are induced ovulators. Field Voles as a rule appear much colder. 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