Brandt's Vole

Brandt's Vole

Lasiopodomys brandtii

Brandt's Vole Behaviour

In their natural habitat Brandt’s voles would live in large colonies of mostly females to one or a few males, in burrows dug down into grassland or taken over from ground nesting birds, and as such are enthusiastic burrowers. They are very energetic for their size and are naturally quite fast and flighty; however, with regular handling they can tame down quite well and become content to sit on hands and enjoy a stroke, as well as taking food from their owner. They are very curious little animals and will frequently stand up on their back legs to observe their surroundings and adapt well to the schedule of their caretaker.

When not awake they will sleep communally in a nest, often one on top of the other! Although naturally a prey species they can be quite loud, using a variety of squeaks and chirrups to communicate between themselves. During disagreements, they make shrill yelps or screams. Cohoused animals also frequently groom their compatriots.