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Arvicolinae subfamily (Microtus spp.)
Reproduction: Voles reproduce prolifically, especially during favorable conditions. They have a relatively short gestation period, and females can give birth to multiple litters each year. Vole populations can fluctuate widely based on factors such as food availability and predation.
Behavior: Voles are known for their burrowing behavior, creating complex tunnel systems in grassy areas or beneath snow cover during the winter. They are primarily active during the day.
Voles are herbivores and feed on a variety of vegetation. Their diet includes grasses, roots, seeds, bulbs, and the bark of trees. In winter, when other food sources may be limited, voles may also consume the bark of shrubs and small trees. Their feeding habits can lead to damage in agricultural crops and ornamental plants.
Voles are small, burrowing rodents that are part of the larger group of rodents known as voles, lemmings, and muskrats. They are widely distributed and play important roles in ecosystems, although some species can become agricultural pests due to their feeding habits and burrowing behavior.
Appearance: Voles are small rodents with compact bodies, short legs, and short tails. They have fur that varies in color, including brown, gray, or reddish-brown. Voles are distinguishable from mice by their stockier build and shorter tails.
Voles inhabit a range of environments, including grasslands, meadows, orchards, and gardens. They prefer areas with dense vegetation, providing cover for their burrows. Voles are adaptable and can be found in both rural and urban settings. Some species of voles are more associated with specific geographic regions, and their distribution can vary.
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