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Jan 27, 2010 4:00 PM

Mammal in the Severn valley

Please can you identify this mammal for me?  It was seen in the Severn Valley Railway.severn-valley-mammal.jpg
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    Jan 28, 2010 3:31 PM (in response to Anthea)
    Re: Mammal in the Severn valley
    The creature you have come across is the Bank vole, Clethrionomys glareolus.
    Order: Rodentia
    Family: Muridae
    Genus: Clethrionomys
    Species: Clethrionomys glareolus

    The bank vole is relatively common and widespread (though you are lucky to have seen one) and found where there is a good vegetation cover such as hedgerows and deciduous woodland. 
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      Feb 12, 2010 2:13 PM (in response to susan)
      Re: Mammal in the Severn valley
      How can you tell it is a bank vole? I have seen similar rodents in the woods near where I live but they have really long tails. They are a similar colour to this one and have similar faces too. This one doesn't appear to have a tail though. I would send in a photograph of the rodents I have seen but they are really hard to take pictures off as they are very small and shy.
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        Feb 24, 2010 5:52 PM (in response to Pandachews)
        Re: Mammal in the Severn valley

        I've based my identification on colour. It is a lovely rich reddish brown which is characteristic of the adult bank vole, along with the contrasting grey underbelly.

        The shape of the ears fits with the bank vole, they are rounded, not too big and held back away from the face (rather than held pointing slightly upwards as in the mice).

        It is true we cannot see the tail, which in the bank vole is quite hairy and shorter than the relatively hairless tails of the mice.

        What you have seen cold be a wood mouse. Wood mice have more pointy noses and a white underbelly, again they have quite long tails.

        I recommend you try the FSC Key to British Land Mammals which is a handy leaflet to take out and about with you, containing all of the UK's land mammals.

         

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    Feb 16, 2010 10:24 AM (in response to Anthea)
    Re: Mammal in the Severn valley

    aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

    that is so cute!!!!!!!!! =)

     

    sorry.....can't identify this stunning mammal!

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    Feb 19, 2010 11:18 AM (in response to Anthea)
    Re: Mammal in the Severn valley

    Can you find those voles down south in the UK because I would love to see one?

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    May 22, 2010 10:17 AM (in response to Anthea)
    Re: Mammal in the Severn valley
    Wow, thats a cute little animal. It looks like a beaver. LOL. I know it's not but it might be the beaver family or something.
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