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posted by Keven Law alias law_keven on Wednesday 15th of April 2015 04:54:32 AM

Water Vole ~ British Wildlife Centre ~ Lingfield ~ Surrey ~ England ~ April 5th 2015. Click here to see My most interesting images Purchase some of my images here ~ ~ Should you so desire...go on, make me if you see any of the images in my stream that you would like and are not there, then let me know and I'll add them to the site for you..:)) You can also buy my WWT cards here (The Otter and the Sunset images) or in the shop at the Wetland Centre in Barnes ~ London ~ I went to the British Wildlife Centre last Sunday and managed to capture this lil ol Water Vole having a dip..:) Hope everybody has a wonderful Weekend..:) European water vole ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ ~ The European water vole or northern water vole, Arvicola amphibius (formerly A. terrestris), is a semi-aquatic rodent. It is often informally called the water rat, although it only superficially resembles a true rat. Water voles have rounder noses than rats, deep brown fur, chubby faces and short fuzzy ears; unlike rats their tails, paws and ears are covered with hair. In the wild, on average, water voles only live about five months. Maximum longevity in captivity is 2 and a half years. Appearance ~ Water voles reach 140–220 millimetres (5.5–8.7 in) in length plus a tail of 55–70 millimetres (2.2–2.8 in) of this. Adults weights reported are variable. It is possible for large, optimal adults to weigh as much as 225 to 386 g (7.9 to 13.6 oz) However, these are peak weights. Elsewhere the mean body mass has been reported as 60 to 140 g (2.1 to 4.9 oz), although this figure includes immature water voles. The minimum weight to successfully breed as well as to survive winter is reportedly 112 g (4.0 oz) in females and 115 g (4.1 oz) in males. As a species the mean body mass is claimed as 140 g (4.9 oz). Overall, European water voles are a uniform dark brown colour, with slightly paler coloration on the underside. Their pelage is quite thick and they are furred over their entire body, including their tail, unlike rats. Their dark colour allows them to blend in well in the densely vegetated areas they inhabit. Taxonomy ~ The binomial applied to the water vole is Arvicola amphibius, it was formerly known by the junior synonym A. terrestris. The confusion stems from the fact that Linnaeus described two species of water vole on the same page of the same work. Those two forms are now universally considered the same species. It has been recognized as A. amphibius (Linnaeus, 1758) because the first source to unite the two forms that Linnaeus had treated separately into a single species chose A. amphibius as the valid name. The species is widely known by the synonym A. terrestris which for many decades was treated as the valid name. Some authorities consider the southwestern water vole (Arvicola sapidus) to be the same species, but this is now generally considered to be distinct. Range ~ The water vole Arvicola amphibius is found in most of Europe, Russia, West Asia and Kazakhstan.

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