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Field Vole Molar Teeth

Observed: 12th April 2012 By: Sam Griffin
Cumberland Bat GroupCumbria Amphibian and Reptile GroupThe British Herpetological Society
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Field vole
Description:

Extracted from owl pellet

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Fenwickfield's picture

book

I think these ob's with all the teeth are fascinating but don't have my mammal book to hand at the moment to compare but will over the next few days,I think it is amazing what you find in owl pellets.

Fenwickfield

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It is! My ID of these teeth

It is! My ID of these teeth (which were taken from skulls within pellets) is based on the fact that apparently Field voles have open rooted molars, where as bank vole have closed rooted molars. This comes from 'Man and Beast' by Ron Freethy. I cant find any reference to this in MacDonald and Barrentt.. So I would appreciate it if others can offer confirmation. I hope it is right, as it would be a great party trick to be able to ID a vole from its teeth!!