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Reed voles are herbivores, often consuming the mass of their own body weight over 24 hours. They are extremely social animals, living in family groups. Although slow on land, they happen to be excellent swimmers.


ClassificationOrder: rodents; family: cricetids
DietPredominantly green grasses and leaves as well as insects; in winter also bark, reeds, roots as well as its stashed away food
HabitatWetland habitats, such as wet meadows or lakes and river banks with dense vegetation from lowlands up to elevations of 2,000 m; also found in cornfields and settlements
ReproductionGestation: 17–20 days; max. 5 litters per year with 5–8 offspring

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

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