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Dieren en planten

Rodents   Voles   Common vole   Field vole   Root vole   Bank vole   Muskrat   
  • Dut: rosse woelmuis
  • Lat: Clethrionomys glareolus
  • Eng: bank vole (wood vole, red vole)
  • Fren: campagnol roussâtre
  • Ger: Rötelmaus, Waldwühlmaus
Bank vole, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Bank vole

Bank voles are more climbers than diggers. Nevertheless, they usually build their nest in a hole under the ground.They aren't easily frightened and are readily seen. They live more above ground and are active mostly during the day than other voles. Bank voles eat mostly grass, seeds and fruits, supplemented with worms, spiders and insects.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Bank vole, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Bank voles live in forests with thick undergrowth, wooded banks, hedges, parks and on the edge of forests. You find them particularly in the eastern part of the Netherlands, but also along the Zeeuws and Dutch coast and Terschelling. They were introduced to Texel in 1998.

  • Characteristics

    The bank vole is 8 to 13.5 centimeters long with a tail length of 3.5 to 7.2 centimeters and weighs between 12 and 40 g. The fur on its back is chestnut brown with a characteristic pinkish glow; the flanks are greyish-brown, the belly is creamy colored to grey, the tail is bi-colored. The color of the fur varies with the season and origin. The winter coat is longer, thicker and more red than the summer coat.