AnAge entry for Arvicola terrestris

Classification (HAGRID: 03385)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Rodentia
                Family: Muridae
                    Genus: Arvicola
Species
Arvicola terrestris
Common name
European water vole

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
2.5 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Tiny
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

These animals live on average less than 6 months in the wild. It has been reported that they live up to 5 years in captivity [0434], which is doubtful even if not impossible. Record longevity in captivity is 2.5 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
51 days
Male sexual maturity
45 days
Gestation
21 days
Weaning
14 days
Litter size
5.1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
3.2
Inter-litter interval
32 days
Weight at birth
5 g
Weight at weaning
42 g
Adult weight
120 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0573 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
24%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
311ºK or 37.5ºC or 99.5ºF
Basal metabolic rate
0.6130 W
Body mass
94.7 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.006473 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 632819
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