Animal Size

European water vole size: How big do they get?

How big does a European water vole get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown European water vole (Arvicola terrestris) reaches an average size of 19.3 cm (0′ 8″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). During their lifetime of about 5 years, they grow from 5 grams (0.01 lbs) to 120 grams (0.26 lbs). Talking about reproduction, European water voles have 4 babies about 3 times per year. The European water vole (genus: Arvicola) is a member of the family Muridae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

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The European water vole or northern water vole (Arvicola amphibius, included in synonymy: A. terrestris), is a semi-aquatic rodent. It is often informally called the water rat, though it only superficially resembles a true rat. Water voles have rounder noses than rats, deep brown fur, chubby faces and short fuzzy ears; unlike rats their tails, paws and ears are covered with hair.In the wild, on average, water voles only live about five months. Maximum longevity in captivity is two and a half years.

Animals of the same family as a European water vole

We found other animals of the Muridae family:

Animals with the same size as a European water vole

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as European water vole:

Animals with the same litter size as a European water vole

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (4) as a European water vole:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a European water vole

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a European water vole:

Animals with the same weight as a European water vole

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Arvicola terrestris: