The grey-sided vole is a northern species, found in Finland north of the Tornio-Kuusamo line. Grey-sided voles prefer the brushwood of rocky forests as habitat, but they like various kinds of surroundings as well, from river-banks to clear-cut forest areas. The grey-sided voles feed on plants, berries, mushrooms and invertebrates.
The grey-sided vole is a protected species.
ADAPTING TO THE WINTER
The grey-sided vole spends its winters in the passages it digs under the snow.
CLASS: Mammalia - mammals
ORDER: Rodentia - rodents
FAMILY: Cricetidae – Voles
SIZE: 11–14cm, length of tail 3–5cm, weight 20–50g.
BREEDING: 2–4 litters a year, usually 5–7 young ones, sexual maturity in 30–60 days.
LIFESPAN: 1-2 years