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Saturday Critters – European water vole

The European water vole is a small, semi-aquatic rodent mammal that looks only superficially like a real rat. Water vole have a nose that is rounder than rats, brown fur, chubby faces and short ears. Unlike rats, tails, paws and ears are covered with hair.

It is often informally called the water rat, because it is a medium rodent, with an adaptable lifestyle and omnivorous diet, but there are no “real rats,” that is, members of the Rattus genus.

In the wild, on average, water voles only live about five months.

Photo taken in Circus park in Bucharest.

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