This is one of my resident Edible Dormice (Glis glis) from the attic. It’s the second one I’ve caught using a cage-type humane trap. They’re not very intelligent, unlike Pine Marten, so a simple piece of salami suffices and there’s no need to disguise the scent of the trap.
This little fellow will be going on a long drive where he’ll be released. They’re extremely cute but they’re very noisy and destructive – many people think their homes are haunted due to the sound of running feet these make above the ceiling. My house sounds like a race track some nights.
A couple of interesting things about Edible dormice – the Romans ate them roasted in honey as a delicacy, and they can regrow their tail like a reptile. They’re also the only member of the Glis genus… That was three things, wasn’t it?
3 thoughts on “Edible Dormouse in Humane Trap”
Are they related to tree squirrels at all? They look strikingly similar…although some species of tree squirrel are incredibly smart.
They’re not actually related to anything, which is why they’re the only member of the Glis genus. They do look like a cross between a mouse and a squirrel though. Their paws are amazing, very like human hands.
That’s so strange, they look so similar to both mice and squirrels. Whatever the case, they are interesting animals.