The Edible dormouse Rodent or fat dormouse is a large dormouse and the only living species in the genus Glis, found in most of western Europe. Its name comes from the Romans
Edible dormouse Rodent Facts:
Length: 13-18.5 cm
Tail: 10-17 cm
Weight: 79-228 g
Social unit: Group
Status: Least concern
This Edible dormouse Rodent species inhabits woods and out-buildings, nesting in tree holes or crevices in roofs and under floors. Native to mainland Europe, it was introduced to Britain in 1902. It is usually nocturnal but may also be active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular). As the days become shorter in autumn, it lays down fat to provide reserves. The edible dormouse eats leaves seeds, fruit, nuts, bark, mushrooms, creatures such as insects, and birds eggs and chicks. Like other dormice, it forms loose social groups and communicates by squeaks and twitters. While pregnant, the female is solitary, giving birth to 1-13 young after a pregnancy of about 25 days. They grow quickly and hibernate for the first time aged 8-9 weeks.
SQUIRREL LIKE LEAPER
The edible dormouse resembles a squirrel with its long, bushy tail, large back legs for leaping in branches, and semi-upright posture. Rough pads on its hands and feet also aid climbing. It is highly arboreal and can leap over 7m (23 ft) between branches. Its fine dense fur is brown or silver-grey with dark eye patches and white underparts.
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