Predator Vs. Prey: Prairie Vole vs. Badger

By | July 1, 2016
From Xplor: July/August 2016

Prairie Vole

Built for Burrowing

Strong legs and long claws can dig faster than burrowing prey.

Tunnel Travelers

Voles make maze-like runways above and below ground to find food, escape predators, and connect their burrows. They also run fast, up to 6 miles per hour


Sniffs for Supper

A keen sense of smell helps find prey in the dark.

What Big Teeth!

The better to catch and eat you with, my dear!

…and the winner is…

The badger wins. Single voles don’t often escape fast-digging badgers, but mating voles can produce up to 12 litters a year, which helps their big colonies last over time.

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This Issue's Staff

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White