Lagurus lagurus

Steppe lemming

Habitat: Eurasia, China, Mongolia

Type: rodent

Longevity: ~ 3 years

Body size (cm/in): ~ 9/3

Steppe lemmings are little burrowers and and are assigned to voles. The fur is mainly gray in color and has a darker line on on the back line of the animal. They also have a tiny, ~ 1 cm long tail. They are both diurnal and nocturnal and live in groups. Since the rodents breed very quickly, same-sex groups should be preferred in captivity. They take up a lot of space to dig and may not be visible for days. 

Picture: a young lemming eating corn

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