Most of the time if you see a furry creature scurrying through your yard, you don’t want to take the time to check out all the detail, but voles are pretty easy to distinguish from moles. Moles will have an elongated pink nose, or sometimes even a star-shaped nose. Their eyes and ears are tiny, but their front feet and claws are large tunnel-digging machines.
Voles are often confused with mice. With their brownish-gray coloring and round ears, they do look like a large mouse. However, voles have noticeable shorter tails than mice. Another similar rodent to voles is the shrew. They both have pointed snouts and short tails, but the best way to tell the difference is by their front feet. Voles have 4 toes and shrews have 5 toes.