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June 12, 2012


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Wow, thank you for the wonderful one chart! I was just quizzing people on vole teeth today, scavenged from owl pellets of course. Vole teeth have a zigzag pattern in the enamel.



Glad the post came in handy, Alexia! I didn't know about that unique feature of vole teeth until I started ID'ing the bones I was finding in the pellets - I also learned that some shrews have RED teeth! (again, after finding a jaw in a pellet). You can just barely see the shrew jaw, and a hint of red-tipped teeth, at the top of the row of 3 little jaws in my photo above (clicking the image brings up a larger photo).

If you want a little more info on that phenomenon - I found a pellet-related shrew-teeth post here!:


Christina Rodriguez

I LOVE your chart! Wish I had this around when I was a kid and we searched through owl pellets. Instead, we used Elmer's to glue them to black pieces of construction paper, then placed them on a table to dry. I then leaned against this table when playing Heads Up 7 Up and inadvertently got a mess of mice bones on my butt. Ah, the things that remind us of childhood...


That is a fantastic story, Christina! I love the memories that spring up from random things we encounter as adults...

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