From Xplor for Kids
July 2016 Issue

Predator Vs. Prey: Prairie Vole vs. Badger

Publish Date

Jul 01, 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.

Also in this issue

Get Out!

Don’t miss the chance to discover nature at these fun events!

Into The Wild

Trees, like all living things, eventually die. But don’t despair. Fallen trees create habitat for all kinds of wild creatures.

Pond Pad: Life Above and Below

Lots of cool critters hang around a pond. But don’t let the peaceful water and pretty flowers fool you.

War Birds

Ounce for ounce, ruby-throated hummingbirds are the fiercest creatures in Missouri.

Strange but True

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

How to: Train a Hummingbird to Perch On Your Finger

Ruby-throated hummingbirds may be Missouri’s tiniest bird, but they’re also fearless. With a little patience, you can coax one of the bold birds to perch on your finger.

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

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