Water voles ( lat. Arvicola , "living in the field") is a genus of large rodents of the hamster family. They live in both aquatic and terrestrial environments throughout Europe and Northern Asia .
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The average body length is from 12 to 22 cm, thickness is from 6.5 to 12.5 cm, body weight is from 70 to 250 g. They can show an unexpected surge of growth. They are covered with long dense wool and have a fur layer in the form of a fringe on the legs, which improves their swimming abilities.
- Water vole ( Arvicola terrestis )  , or water rat 
- Lesser water vole ( Arvicola sapidus )  , or southwest water vole 
- Arvicola scherman
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