Animal Age

How old does a Field vole get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Field vole reaches?

An adult Field vole (Microtus agrestis) usually gets as old as 3.25 years.

Field voles are around 20 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 2 grams (0 lbs) and measure 4.3 cm (0′ 2″). As a member of the Muridae family (genus: Microtus), a Field vole caries out around 4 little ones per pregnancy, which happens around 3 times a year. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 5.9 cm (0′ 3″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Field vole gets as old as 3.25 years

The field vole or short-tailed vole (Microtus agrestis) is a grey-brown vole, around four inches (ten centimetres) in length, with a short tail. It is one of the most common mammals in Europe, with a range extending from the Atlantic coast to Lake Baikal. These voles are found in moist grassy habitats, such as woodland, marsh or on river banks. Although they make shallow burrows, they usually build nests above ground. They are an important food source for owls and some other predators and their population size tends to peak and trough cyclically. Field voles breed prolifically, mainly in summer, but often all year round, even under snow. Females produce up to seven litters a year, each averaging from four to six young which are weaned after about fourteen days. The field vole is both widespread and common and is listed as being of “Least Concern” by the IUCN.

Animals of the same family as a Field vole

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Muridae):

Animals that reach the same age as Field vole

With an average age of 3.25 years, Field vole are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies Field vole

The same number of babies at once (4) are born by:

Weighting as much as Field vole

A fully grown Field vole reaches around 35 grams (0.08 lbs). So do these animals: