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Mouse

Observed: 25th March 2012 By: nikkidevnikkidev’s reputation in Mammalsnikkidev’s reputation in Mammals
vole
vole
vole
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KelsaeJohn's picture

Field or Bank?

The reddish colour on the back is indicative of Bank Vole. Although this animal appears to have a very short tail, a closer look reveals an abrupt end to the tail with no tapering to a point. This suggests that it has lost part of its tail to a predator of some kind or, at least, has lost part of its tail in an accident of some sort.

Fenwickfield's picture

have agreed but

I have agreed with bank but what was concerning me was the tail.

Fenwickfield

Gill Sinclair's picture

Field or bank?

I was also wondering whether the tail was naturally short, bitten off, or just hidden behind a piece of bark or whatever. It does look to end abruptly, but I can't decide even with zooming in whether it's hidden or bitten! The reddish colour of the fur does suggest bank vole.

Gill Sinclair
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nikkidev's picture

More pictures

I've added a couple more pictures which might help with the ID. There were two voles together so the photos may be of either. I did think at the time that one of them seemed to have a short tail when looking through binoculars but hard to tell when they move so fast!

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Bank vole

As one of them has a longer tail and the other's tail does look chomped, plus the reddish fur, I'll go with bank vole.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair