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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

29. The Water Vole
(Arvicola amphibius)

29. The Water Vole

The water vole must not be confused with the rat, for it is a very different animal, yet it is often called a "water rat", a sad misnomer seeing what a charming inoffensive creature it is. The water vole resembles in many particulars the little meadow vole of the fields. It too is a strict vegetarian and loves to nibble the succulent grasses, but its home is a burrow at the water side and it is semi-aquatic in its habits. It swims well and dives like an expert, and loves to nibble the reeds and rushes. We find it on rivers, canals, lakes and in damp places.