Habitat: Eurasia, China, Mongolia
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