Edible Dormouse, Glis glis


Short description of Glis glis, Edible Dormouse

The edible dormouse has pale grey fur with a whiter underside and a long bushy grey tail. The eyes are prominent and dark. The body length of edible dormouse is no more than 20 cm, to which is added up to 19 cm for the tail. Aside from its much smaller size, it can be distinguished from a grey squirrel most easily by its thinner tail, which lacks the squirrel's paler fringing and is usually held flat.

Description of Glis glis, Edible Dormouse status in GB

A thriving population of around 10,000 edible dormice exists in the Chilterns and the species may also be established in the New Forest in Hampshire and in the Oxford area.

Habitat summary: Glis glis, Edible Dormouse

The edible dormouse inhabits woodland, parkland and gardens, often entering houses for food or shelter.  They are rarely seen, however, because of their mainly nocturnal behaviour and long hibernation.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Middle Europe, Southwestern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Caucasus, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Gruziya, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia Central, Russia East, Russia North, Russia Northwest, Russia South, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Tring Park
Date of first record: 1902

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

September 23rd 2016

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