Water Voles and Our Eco System

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just an FYI though, @Marie2020 that water voles above are not the same voles that we're talking about over here across the pond. voles are much different than what your video is showing. :) cute creatures. :)
 

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just an FYI though, @Marie2020 that water voles above are not the same voles that we're talking about over here across the pond. voles are much different than what your video is showing. :) cute creatures. :)
So what are the voles like there ?
 

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So what are the voles like there ?

the ones i'm thinking of are smaller, darker, more stubbier feet, tails. some people confuse them with mice. there are a few species but i rarely see more than the one we call a vole it does have another name added here as a meadow vole at times but i don't think i've ever heard anyone call them that when speaking of them.

there are more than one species of voles over here. i'm glad i don't have to deal with them that often.
 
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the ones i'm thinking of are smaller, darker, more stubbier feet, tails. some people confuse them with mice. there are a few species but i rarely see more than the one we call a vole it does have another name added here as a meadow vole at times but i don't think i've ever heard anyone call them that when speaking to them.

there are more than one species of voles over here. i'm glad i don't have to deal with them that often.
Hmmm 🤫 . What your description reads to me is what we may call field mouse.
 

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Hmmm 🤫 . What your description reads to me is what we may call field mouse.
There is a big difference between a field mouse and a vole. Voles here are garden destroyers. They got better than half of my carrots this year. They specifically cleaned out the really sweet varieties of carrots. In the past I have had them work over the beets, potatoes and tomatoes.

They are bigger than field mice with fat stubby tails compared to the long slender tails of field mice.
 

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My cat brings them in from the golf course every few days. Cute little things with stubby tails, but I do hate them alot for the damage they cause in the lawn, foundation plants and my pathways. I wish they would STAY out on the golf course!
 

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Hmmm 🤫 . What your description reads to me is what we may call field mouse.

in north america there is a lot of different species of mice (200) and voles (50) and some may look more alike than others. generally mice have more prominent ears, a pointier nose and a longer tail.
 

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That ”water vole” is the spitting image of our musk rats! Hard to get a perspective of it’s size from the picture but a decent rat would be a foot long minus the tail and a pelt taken in the proper season would sell for between $2.00 to $6.00 each; where im from.
 
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