Animals

Bank Vole

by Marcia Malory

The bank vole can be found in Europe and in central Asia.

Although the bank vole is most commonly found in deciduous forest, especially where there is thick undergrowth, it can also be seen in hedges and along riverbanks.

An excellent climber, the bank vole is active both at night and during the day

Bank vole, photo by SoebeIts fur is reddish brown with patches of gray.

Bank voles live in underground chambers, where they store food.

The bank vole eats grass, seeds, bulbs and roots, snails and insects and the bodies of small, dead animals.

During the mating season, males fight each other, boxing while standing on their hind legs.

Babies are born in nests, which are lined with grass, moss and feathers. The nests are built above ground, sometimes in tree crevices.

When they are born, the babies are blind and have no hair. They live on their mother's milk for the first weeks of their life.

A female vole will have an average of five babies at once, and she can have five litters in a season.

The babies that are born in spring will be old enough to breed by the time fall comes.