Brandt's Vole Diet
In their natural habitat Brandt’s voles would feed on the roots and emergent parts of a variety of plants growing around their burrows. In captivity, therefore, hays, and wildflowers and dried grasses are an important part of their diet; many of those commercially sold for chinchillas or rabbits are suitable. It has been theorised that they benefit from supplemental vitamin C and as such mixes formulated for guinea pigs and degus may be beneficial, although it should be noted that – like many lemming species – they are sugar intolerant and prone to diabetes, so any mix with fruit should be avoided. Seeds, fresh greens and root vegetables such as sweet potato should also be given. As they have high energy requirements food and water should always be available. Water can be given in either a bowl or a bottle, but it should be noted that if the former it will need frequent changing as they will fill it with bedding when burrowing.
An appropriate example diet would be a base mix of high quality low sugar degu or cavy muesli with alfalfa pellets or complete degu or chinchilla nuggets added, various dried wildflowers such as chamomile, plaintain and marigold, and a seed mix such as wild bird or budgie mix. Hay and various dried grasses should be constantly available, and various fresh items such as root vegetables and leafy greens (very gassy items such as many common Brassica vegetables, like cabbage, should be avoided) can be offered daily.
An example diet:
- Rosewood meadow menu chinchilla and degu
- Versele-laga cavy fibre food
- Alfalfa pellets
- Dried chamomile, marigold, and cornflowers
- Budgie seed
- Sweet potato – either dehydrated/dried or fresh