Vole

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Vole
The bank vole lives in woodland areas in Europe and Asia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae

A vole is a small mammal. It is a rodent which looks like a plump mouse. However, it is from a different family of rodents. They live in woodlands and grasslands.

There are about 70 species of voles. There are species in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. Adult voles, depending on the species, are 7.5 to 17.5 centimetres (three to seven inches) long.

Depending on the species, they eat seeds, grass or other plants, and insects.

Many animals hunt voles, for example wolves, owls, hawks, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and cats.