Friday, 23 January 2009

Water Vole Droppings

Northern Water Vole Arvicola terrestris droppings are typically cylindrical, round-ended pellets. They range in colour from shades of green, grey and brown depending upon what has been recently eaten. These in the photo here are quite pale which is probably due to having been washed by recent rain. The relatively large size of Northern Water Vole droppings (up to 10mm long) sets them apart them from those of most other voles, but location is also a key. Photo by Dean Stables, Manvers Lake, Yorkshire, UK, January 2009.

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