Una affamata.

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Come dicevo in qualche post precedente,  c’e’ molta vita sotto la neve d’inverno perche’ sotto la neve la temperatura e’ di 0 gradi C,  che e’ tutto sommato confortevole.  C’e’ molta vita anche sottoterra,  d’altronde,  come sapete bene:  ad esempio vi si trovano le talpe,  con le loro gallerie.

L’animaletto che vi presento oggi e’ infatti un abitante del sottobosco che si destreggia bene anche sotto la neve:  l’Arvicola dei boschi,  o Arvicola rossastra  (Clethrionomys glareolus),  che sembra un topo o una talpa ma non e’ nessuno dei due.  Essa appartiene alla famiglia dei criceti,  vive nel sottobosco nutrendosi di foglie,  gemme,  bacche,  lichene.

A sua volta e’ preda di volpi donnole, martore e uccelli rapaci.  Si arrampica bene sugli alberi,  la sua pelliccetta e’ grigio-rossastra,  ha le orecchie grandi e la coda cortissima (questo e’ un segno distintivo che la differenzia dal topo).

Non di rado in inverno la vediamo sbucare dai tunnel scavati sotto la neve per venire a cibarsi delle briciole lasciate cadere dagli uccellini.  Come la talpa e i topi,  anche l’Arvicola puo’ trasmettere malattie all’uomo tramite la sua pipi’ e le sue feci,  percio’ e’ utile starle lontano.

In lingua finlandese si chiama:  Metsämyyrä.

Nel breve video seguente la potete vedere meglio:  e’ un animale timidissimo e velocissimo.



Another hungry One.

As I said in a previous post,  there is a lot of life under the snow in winter because under the snow the temperature is 0 degrees C,  which is all in all comfortable.  There is also a lot of life underground,  on the other hand,  as you well know: for example there live moles,  in their tunnels.

The animal that I will share with you today is in fact an inhabitant of the undergrowth that juggles well even under the snow:  the Red-backed vole, or Bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus),  which looks like a mouse or a mole but is none of the two.  It belongs to the hamster family,  it lives in the undergrowth feeding on leaves,  buds,  berries,  lichen. 

In its turn,  it is a prey of Foxes,  Least weasels,  Pine martens and raptors It climbs well on trees,  its fur is gray-reddish,  it has large ears and a very short tail (this is a distinctive sign that marks the difference with mice).

Often in winter we see it emerge from the tunnels dug under the snow to come and feed on the crumbs dropped by the birds.  Like the mole and the mice,  also the Vole can transmit diseases to humans through its pee and feces, therefore it is useful to admire it from a distance.

In Finnish its name is:  Metsämyyrä.

For you a short video to see it better:  it is a shy and quick critter.

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Linked to:  Friday Bliss.  Saturday’s Critters.


40 thoughts on “Una affamata.

  1. Hello,
    Great post on your little Vole. The photos and video are amazing, the voles here are quick movers, they hide in holes around our yard. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, I appreciate your visit and comments.

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