Common Vole

Series of measured elevation illustrations of the Common Vole

The Common Vole (Microtus arvalis) is a small vole within the over 100 different species in the rodent genus of Microtus. Physically, the Common Vole has a stout body, blunt nose, tiny eyes and ears, and hairless tails. Although it can be mistaken for other rodents based on appearance, its behavior is what causes distinction.

The Vole will dig burrows underneath plants to gain access to its root systems, destroying the area and eating until the plants are dead. The presence of a number of Voles will become noticeable upon the destruction of a number of plants, although they play an important role in the disbursement of nutrients.

Common Voles have a height of 1.4”-2.2” (3.5-5.5 cm), body length between 3.1”-5.1” (8-13 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .7-1.4 oz (20-40 g). The tail length of a Common Vole is 1.2”-1.6” (3-4 cm). Common Voles have a typical lifespan of .5-1 year in the wild and 1-3 years in captivity.

Details

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Height: 
1.4”-2.2” | 3.5-5.5 cm
Width:
Depth:
Length:
3.1”-5.1” | 8-13 cm
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Weight:
.7-1.4 oz | 20-40 g
Tail Length:
1.2”-1.6” | 3-4 cm
Scientific Name:
Microtus arvalis
Lifespan:
.5-1 year (wild); 1-3 years (captivity)

Properties

Drawings include:

Common Vole side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting)

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